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Allen Betts Allen Betts (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributor, Columnist

Indiana University School of Medicine

Allen is a fourth-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Allen plans on pursuing a career in Radiology.

Disparities in Medicine: A Medical Student's Perspective

In this column, Allen shares personal and clinical experiences with healthcare disparities and barriers to access. He reflects on personal struggles, internal conflicts, difficult and inspiring patients, as well as valuable lessons learned. Through these reflections, he has learned the power of listening, the importance of addressing underlying factors of health, and how empathizing with patients can allow us to treat them as people and not diseases. These lessons can help us better understand our patients and give them not only the care they need but the care they deserve. They have rekindled Allen’s inspiration and purpose of what it means to be a doctor, and he hopes that by sharing these experiences, they will do the same for others.




Allen Betts Allen Betts (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributor, Columnist

Indiana University School of Medicine

Allen is a fourth-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Allen plans on pursuing a career in Radiology.

Disparities in Medicine: A Medical Student's Perspective

In this column, Allen shares personal and clinical experiences with healthcare disparities and barriers to access. He reflects on personal struggles, internal conflicts, difficult and inspiring patients, as well as valuable lessons learned. Through these reflections, he has learned the power of listening, the importance of addressing underlying factors of health, and how empathizing with patients can allow us to treat them as people and not diseases. These lessons can help us better understand our patients and give them not only the care they need but the care they deserve. They have rekindled Allen’s inspiration and purpose of what it means to be a doctor, and he hopes that by sharing these experiences, they will do the same for others.