Overcoming the Noise: How My Experience as a Middle Eastern Female in a Rural VA Hospital Shaped My Understanding of Humanistic Care

Entering into her in-patient rotations at a VA hospital in rural Oregon, PNWU OMS IV Kiana Vakil-Gilani was especially nervous. Despite it being her chosen specialty, fears of being typecast as an unreliable middle-eastern female medical student lingered in her mind.

On her first day, all of her fears came to life in one patient interaction.

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Kiana Vakil-Gilani
Creating a Culture: It's Okay to Not be Okay

In honor of the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Solidarity Week For Compassionate Patient Care, which aims to promote the importance of a strong bond between people who are patients and people who care for them, PNWU OMS IV Victoria Kent shares the story of a harrowing medical experience that reinforced her the importance of humanistic care, and taught her that sometimes it’s okay to not be okay.

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Victoria Kent
Sizing Yourself Up

Walking out of his standardized patient encounter — which aimed to help him to practice and improve his clinical and conversational skills for an actual patient encounter — PNWU OMS II Jared Darlian felt great. Upon re-entering the room to receive what he was sure to be a great report, however, his mental celebration was abruptly cut short.

Now, as he continues on the path toward developing his care-giving skills , Darlian offers insight into what he’s learned since that early encounter, offering a rare glimpse into a medical students’ constant journey toward self-improvement and growth.

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Jared Darlian
The R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word

For much of her life, the R-word was just another careless expression. Then she met Caleb, a young man with special needs, and saw the devastating impact the three-syllable utterance could have.

In her first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, PNWU Developmental Club President Sarah Tucker challenges readers to consider the power behind their vernacular, and offers a simple solution to help curb the perpetuation of the stigma behind developmental disabilities: just stop saying it.

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Sarah Tucker
On Being Complete

After taking some personal time to discover a balance between being goal-oriented and self-fulfilled, second-year PNWU osteopathic medical student Sarah Cain offers readers valuable advice on how to be complete.

“In ‘the end’ — which implies your end — all that will matter is that you felt meaningful to yourself.” 

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Sarah Cain
Death of a Child

Sitting with his wife in Seattle Children’s Hospital, second-year PNWU student Ryan Ostler was faced with a decision that would forever shape his world. In one of our most touching blogs to date, Ostler explains how one of life’s most incomprehensible nightmares — and all of the interactions he experienced throughout the process — pushed him to become a medical student.

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Ryan Ostler
A Busy Medical Student’s Guide to Helping Your Infant Reach Developmental Milestones

As if transitioning into life as an osteopathic medical student wasn’t enough, PNWU OMS II Boone Rhinehart also entered into the world of fatherhood in the summer before he started at PNWU. Reflecting on his journey, Rhinehart offers tips and insight into how he helped his newborn son reach a series of developmental milestones while maintaining his hectic medical school schedule.

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Boone Rhinehart
Tips For Solo Travel

Despite her young age, PNWU OMS III Thida Myint is already well on her way towards accomplishing her life goal of visiting every continent. Now, with over 30 countries worth of stamps in her passport book, Myint shares some tips on exploring the world solo.

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Thida Myint
Cinnamon, Sugar, and Saline

Immersed in the mouth-watering wonders of sprinkles and confectioners sugar since she was a little girl, PNWU OMS II Anastasia Bernhard offers readers an escape into the gentle hum of her KitchenAid mixer, and explains how she finds peace at the bottom of the mixing bowl.

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Anastasia Bernhard
Decreasing Stress, Increasing Production: How I Found Time in Med School to Make My Health a Priority

As the demands of medical school mounted, PNWU student Hanna Mackie couldn’t seem to find time for anything but school. Frustrated and overwhelmed, she wished there were more minutes in the day. Soon, however, she realized that more time wasn’t the solution. Instead, what she needed was a break.

Now in her second year, Hanna shares her secrets for achieving balance and finding happiness as a busy medical student.

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Hanna Mackie