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
A Brush with Death: My Introduction to Steven-Johnson Syndrome

Second-year PNWU medical student Jorge Parra still vividly recalls the moment he was introduced to Steven-Johnson Syndrome. Frantically rushed out of his high school by his mother, he quickly found himself alongside his family, absorbed in the horrific mystery of the rare disorder that threatened to take the life of his sister.

New on the PNWU Health Blog, Parra reflects on those distressing moments, and educates readers on a skin disorder that affects 1 to 2 million people each year.

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Jorge Parra
The Sweetest Reward: Life as a Father in Medical School

Five years ago, a single phone call changed PNWU medical student Christopher Walker’s life forever: he was going to be a dad. 
As he prepares to enter into his second year of osteopathic training, Walker — now a proud father of two — reflects on the moments that surrounded that momentous call, and offers insight into the challenges and rewards of life as a father in medical school. 

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Christopher Walker
It Is An Honor

Like many of her peers, PNWU student Kat Lundeberg suffered from imposter syndrome during her first year of medical school. Unlike many of her peers, however, she had plenty of past experience as an “imposter” to provide perspective to her struggles.

As she prepares for year two of her osteopathic medical school journey, Lundeberg describes the challenges of being an HPSP student, offering rare insight into a path that few have ever traveled.

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Kat Lundeberg
Plan for the Worst

First-year PNWU medical student Nicholas Colin watched in agony as his grandparents lives began unraveling. After over 60-years of marriage, his grandfather was diagnosed with dementia, his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, and each of them were moved into an assisted living facility which separated them from one another and everything that had shaped their lives.

Reflecting on the experience, Colin espouses the importance of having end-of-life discussions, and illustrates how some of life’s simplest things can be the difference between happiness and agony.

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Nicholas Colin
Curing Colleagues: My OMT Story

Standing before a room full of co-workers and peers, PNWU Chief Communications Officer Dean O’Driscoll seemed poised and confident as he led a strategic planning discussion. The truth, however, was that behind his calm exterior, O’Driscoll was brainstorming a very different strategic plan: how to conceal the pain radiating from his ankle and hip.

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Dean O'Driscoll