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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

Einstein medical student Ilirjan Gjonbalaj and mom

EDITORS’ NOTE: We celebrate all of our graduates receiving their degrees on Thursday, May 24. But it’s always a special moment when someone from our Morris Park neighborhood completes their journey at Einstein. Today we present the story of one such student along with the support he found in the Bronx that led to his Read More

Academius founders (right to left) Mohammod Arafat, Dinesh Rai, Kevin Fernandes and the author

Few ventures in life result in simultaneous, definitive outcomes; medical school is one of them. On Match Day, virtually every fourth-year medical student in the United States—myself included—will discover where we will embark on the most rigorous portion of our medical training. This important day fuels countless hours of anxious information-gathering from online forums, desperation-driven Read More