I write about the friction between identity and experience, particularly my own. For more, see my author pages on in-Training and The Huffington Post.

Student Protests Reveal a Systemic Disease

The Huffington Post, 12 April 2016. Embedding nation-wide student demonstrations on racial equity in the context of damaging implicit bias.

Yale Daily News, Alex Zhang
Yale Daily News, Alex Zhang

“As medical students, we recognize that bias in medicine is doubly damaging: it burdens our peers and it harms our patients. In the opening narratives we see both of these at play: in Micaela’s self-doubt and frustration, and in the intern’s judgment of their older, Latina patient…

Yet, in medicine we learn bias like we learn the physical exam: deliberately – and then automatically – until it becomes fixed in our muscle memory.”

It’s Not Just the Confederate Flag: The Example of New Haven

The Huffington Post, 6 July 2015. Moving inquiries into structural racism beyond the South to a liberal Northeast city.

Elihu Yale, the second Duke of Devonshire, Lord James Cavendish, Mr. Tunstal, and an Enslaved Servant – Yale Center for British Art

“New Haven brandishes the scars of its imperial past like racy tattoos on wrinkled skin. Along with our quaint New England architecture and char-dusted pizza, we boast our grisly tradition of extolling whiteness in a display of perverted anachronism.”

What Emma’s Mattress Means for Medicine

The Huffington Post, 7 June 2015. My view on caring for survivors of sexual violence.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year on September 5, 2014 in New York City. Sulkowicz has said she is committed to carrying the mattress everywhere she goes until the university expels the rapist or he leaves. The protest is also doubling as her senior thesis project. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)“I am a medical student, yes. I am also a survivor of sexual violence. The recent surge of articles surrounding Emma Sulkowicz prompted me to reflect on this latter identity. I know I will always carry the mark of my trauma with me, and I am learning how I will better empathize with patients because of it.”

When You Come to Me (Baltimore 2015)

in-Training, 3 May 2015. A poem situating Baltimore’s reaction to the death of Freddie Gray in the historical context of subjugation of black people.

“If you came to me then,
I might have smeared salve
into the keloid stripes
ripped into your back
by the man who owned you:
a man with the same name
as the officer who arrested you today.”

My White Coat Costume

in-Training, 8 April 2015. My reflection on the shape of my identity in medicine.

My White Coat Costume - in-Training, the online magazine for medical students

“On the day of my white coat ceremony, I felt like a pretender. I squirmed in the rigid, wooden seat, staring at the gilded columns and towering proscenium of the hall, wondering when I’d be found out. I imagined them calling me to the stage, slipping on the coat, then seeing me in it and saying, ‘Well, that doesn’t look quite right.'”



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