Words from the Wards

This category contains reflections on student clinical experience.

Medha Palnati Medha Palnati (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Albany Medical College

Medha has a deep-rooted passion for aiding the underserved, especially the migrant and refugee community. As a future physician, she hopes to use her skills to provide equitable healthcare to those in need.

Triple Crown

Medha Palnati describes an encounter she had with a patient who she met at the Backstretch Clinic – a clinic that serves the undocumented workers that care for the horses at the Race Track – as he was having a myocardial infarction. This encounter highlights the conversation Medha had with this patient while waiting for the ambulance to transport him to the hospital, and the solace that they found in each other in that moment.

The Ward as Medicine

The Ward as Medicine is about how one’s fellow patients on the psychiatry ward can act as mirrors, teachers and inspirations to a patient. Specifically, it is about a mom who, hospitalized for suicidality stemming from her guilt and anger over how she has mothered her children, gets reconnected with the identity of motherhood while interacting with others on the unit.

Erin Saner, MD Erin Saner, MD (1 Posts)

Physician Contributing Writer

Faculty Physician of Family & Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Saner completed undergraduate, medical school, residency and fellowship training through Wake Forest University and School of Medicine. Her primary focus is Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education with special interests in DEI, obesity medicine, and complementary and integrative medicine.