Words from the Wards

This category contains reflections on student clinical experience.

Lekha Reddy Lekha Reddy (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Lekha Reddy is a member of the Class of 2022 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is an aspiring OB/GYN and is drawn to the humanistic aspects of medicine. She aims to further understand the human condition, seek genuine connections with her patients, and practice mindfulness and constant self-reflection in her pursuit of medicine.




The Difficult Patient

Medical student Allen Betts explores the often underrated effect of psychosocial determinants and the integral part they play in the influencing health and well-being. Read more to find out how he has come to appreciate the soft skills a physician gleans through patient encounters rather than through books.

My Hero

Showing love in times of loss, being a beacon of hope, taking time to spend with family and regaining our humanity are just some of the values medical student writer Karl Heward emphasizes should be reflected in our practice of medicine while demonstrating how personal tragedy courageously inspired him to adopt this mindset.

The I Do’s … and Don’ts of Medicine

Our task in donning roles of professionalism as health care providers comes hand-in-hand with all the aspects of our identity and the tolls that come with it. This is especially significant as the younger generation, consisting of more and more intersectional identities, becomes more commonplace not only in society at large but also in the health care world. However, when this ideal of professionalism is compounded by someone like me — a minority woman colored by a recurrent, pervasive backdrop of objectification for pleasure by Caucasian cultures; a female person of color who feels the need to tread carefully to succeed in a field historically dominated by men — where does it leave us?

Sara Khan Sara Khan (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Albany Medical College

Sara Khan is a third-year medical student at Albany Medical College. She is pursuing a career in Pediatrics. She is especially passionate about caring for under-resourced and under-served populations.