Raising a Family During Medical School

As the father of a 2-year-old and a 2-week-old, PNWU medical student Cody Cunningham found himself in an unfamiliar city with one of the greatest academic challenges he could ever sign up for about to begin. 

Now in his second year of medical school, Cunningham reflects on those early challenges, and offers advice to anyone struggling to balance the demands life and medical school.

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Cody D. Cunningham
Powerless No More

As a 12-year-old illegal refugee, PNWU medical student Elmera Peyman came face-to-face with the devastating consequences of not having access to care. Powerless, invisible, and voiceless, she witnessed the monumental impact a single physician can have on the world.

Today, Peyman’s experiences serve as fuel for her quest to become a servant physician..

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Elmera Peyman
The Honor Walk

One life ended, three were saved, and countless others were forever changed.

Slide on a surgical mask and slip into some scrubs as third-year PNWU medical student Anne Keeling takes us on a journey into the operating room for what quickly became one of the most impactful experiences of her young career — procuring the organs of a donor.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 120,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ, and sadly, more than 21 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

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Anne Keeling
What Happens When You Forget?

When second-year PNWU student Mary Bradsky left home for medical school, she had no idea that it would be the last time her favorite person in the world would know her.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.8 million people have Alzheimer's disease in the United States. Tearing through the haziness that accompanies such a staggering statistic, Bradsky shares the story of her grandma’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, illustrating the devastating effects of the irreversible brain disease.  

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Mary Bradsky
Walking a Tight Rope in a White Coat: What a Year of Medical School Taught Me About Balance 

As a husband and a father of two, PNWU second-year student Ashton Dyck is often asked: “How do you balance medical school and family time?” 

In his PNWU Health Blog debut, Ashton reflects on his first-year experience, offering insight into one of the most challenging components of the medical student experience: embracing and maintaining a balance between life and medical school.

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Ashton Dyck
I Held Our Whole World In My Hands

“I held a brain in my hands today,” muses second-year medical student Annika LaVoie, diving right into her first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog.

Join LaVoie for a journey through the mind — and the mind of someone holding “the mind” — and see how one osteopathic medical students’ insatiable curiosity and boundless excitement is leaving us all in good hands.

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Annika LaVoie
Strength In Vulnerability: How a Terminal Diagnosis Defined My Medical Pursuit

How do you stay positive when you know someone’s cancer is terminal? For PNWU medical student Polly Wiltz, that question — and many more — became a defining factor in her quest to become an osteopathic physician.

In one of our most soul-stirring blogs to date, Wiltz examines the loss of her beloved uncle and, in the process, redefines resiliency by revealing the power of vulnerability.

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Polly Wiltz
Learning to be Okay with Asking

In her first appearance on the health blog, medical student Cassidy Johnston examines her experience at Sundown Ranch, a drug and alcohol treatment center just a short drive from our campus, and offers insight into the importance of asking the right questions — even if they’re difficult to ask.

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Cassidy Johnston
10 Tips To Help You Nail Your Surgical Rotation

As PNWU second-year medical student Aubrey Euteneuer scrubbed in for her first case as a surgical first assistant, a lifetime of dreams seemed to be coming true. With that, however, came a lifetime’s-worth of anxiety.

Reflecting on her experiences, Euteneuer offers 10 pieces of advice to medical students preparing to enter into their surgical rotations.

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Aubrey Euteneuer
More Than Skin Deep

The word “dermatologist” is often associated with Botox injections and superficial beauty treatments. As a medical assistant in a dermatologist’s office, second-year medical student Jenna Seeley quickly saw beyond that common misconception, coming face-to-face with the social stigmas associated with skin disorders.

In her first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, Seeley takes readers on a journey through the experiences of three patients whose lives were dramatically shaped by their skin disorders, illustrating why dermatology is so much more than a skin-deep branch of medicine.

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Jenna Seeley