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Light Through Darkness

Like many aspiring physicians across the country, I came into medical school with high expectations for the quality of care I wanted to give my…

An Open Letter to the Standardized Patient

As part of their educational training, students at the USC School of Medicine Greenville experience encounters with standardized patients, or trained individuals who portray the…

On Presence

To be present – what does it mean? How do we arrive to it? How do we yield it as a necessary tool in our…

Feeling Full

I had family in town recently and beyond the usual great time we always have together, we ate… a LOT. We ate so much that…

“I decided not to attend medical school.”

As many of my peers intimately know, applying to medical school is–to put it incredibly lightly–very difficult. More accurately, the application cycle is an extremely…

“No day is ever mundane, no day is ever wasted.”

About three months ago, I got a call that changed my world. My mom was taken to the hospital with a heart rate pushing 200……

Positive Exposure Zone

Fashion photographer Rick Guidotti used to look through the lens of his camera every day, capturing the beauty of high fashion models. His standards were…

Reflections on the Eclipse

The lights lining the walkway to the hospital flickered on. The crescent of the sun was shrinking by the second. A countdown emerged, as if…

Dear Class of 2021

Congratulations on matriculating into your first year of medical school. You have worked hard to reach this accomplishment, which is indeed a privilege, and you…

Those “Soft Lectures” Matter

Ms. Gomez was sick. She didn’t know or understand what the problem was, but she was told to get to the doctor’s office by the…