A Day in the Life

The Opportunity in Failure

The Opportunity in Failure

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Each year, the Johns Hopkins graduate programs organize a white coat ceremony for graduate students to recognize the completion of their graduate board oral examinations (GBOs). For graduate students this test is the gatekeeper to our training; it transitions us from students to Ph.D. candidates and marks the commencement of our thesis work. The students(...)

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Students Impact AMA’s National Health Policy

Students Impact AMA’s National Health Policy

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Aloha! Being a medical student has its perks. Over the past semester, my medical school experiences have taken me across the country. I’ve traveled to various conferences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and this month, Hawaii, where I attended the American Medical Association (AMA) Interim Meeting in Honolulu. The AMA is the largest coalition of(...)

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The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

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“It is absolutely impossible!” While the student next to me was the one to vocalize an incredulous attitude, everyone was thinking it. We were in a workshop provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellows, and we were tasked with explaining the importance of our research to someone with(...)

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When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

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My fifth grade world — a typical one concerned with classes, friends, recess, lunch menus and dreading middle school — forever changed one day, when I sat on the ABC-patterned carpet in my classroom and watched my favorite teacher hide tears from the class. I first met her in third grade. She was always peppy(...)

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Reflections on Dermatology and Telemedicine in Brazil

Reflections on Dermatology and Telemedicine in Brazil

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Rapidly evolving telecommunication and information technologies have led to incredible changes in our lives — including how we manage our health. In particular, teledermatology, or the use of communication technology by dermatologists to support the diagnosis, consultation and treatment of patients, has become an important element of health care in the United States and around(...)

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Telemedicine and the Brazilian Health Care System

Telemedicine and the Brazilian Health Care System

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This summer, I traveled to Brazil for a course on dermatology at the Faculty of Medicine, Sao Paulo (FMUSP), where I not only received hands-on training on endemic dermatological diseases, but also got the chance to learn about the Brazilian health care system and how telemedicine fits into it. In one of our first lectures(...)

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