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Nationally, more than a third of basic-science doctoral candidates do not finish their training. Pursuing basic-science research is extremely difficult, and I struggled to complete my dissertation. My doctoral research focused on stem cells and their role in the spread of breast cancer. I thought my undergraduate and master’s degree training in mechanical and aerospace Read More

the author, second from left, his brother From left to right, Sadaab (to his left), his dad Ashraf, and younger brother Sadat

In my eight months at Einstein, I’ve often been struck by a painting of Maimonides on campus. The artwork features him holding pages of a book that say, “Teach thy tongue to say I do not know and thou shalt progress.” That quote resonates with me more each day. As a first-year M.D. student, I’ve Read More

portrait of hands. one hand holding a walker and another on top of that hand in a caring gesture

In the summer between my first and second year of medical school I worked on a series of written pieces while interning at Pulse, an online magazine of stories, poems, and art devoted to  sharing the healthcare experience from all perspectives, created by healthcare professionals and patients alike. For this project, titled Encounters, I sat Read More

Profile photo of Charles Pan, 3rd year M.D. student. Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Editors’ Note: We recently spoke with Charles Pan, a third-year M.D. student at Einstein, about his volunteer work with the Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP). EEP is part of a New York State–funded enrichment program called STEP (Science Technology Entry Program), which encourages high school students from groups that have historically been underrepresented in the medical Read More

Young doctor examines patient (back to camera)

Many people think medical school is all about memorization and books. But some of the most valuable lessons I learned in my first year as a medical student came from a much different experience. No matter what stage you are at in your journey, there are always new facts, techniques and procedures to learn. You Read More

Right to left, laughing patient seated Yssra Soliman standing

I am a practicing Muslim and have worn a hijab since the eighth grade. When I was in my third year of medical school, with my boards and clinical wards approaching, the idea of wearing a hijab became more anxiety-provoking given the current political climate. I was terrified that a patient would decline my care Read More