Year of Yes

Once you get into medical school, it is really hard to get out. I mean, it consumes you.

Every hour of every day you are studying or thinking about studying, and while you are studying one thing you are thinking about the other things you still have to study.

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Jenna Cacchillo
No Matter How Far Away You Roam: Making the Most of the Holiday Season in My New Home

I’m writing this blog on my grandmothers ninetieth birthday. It’s the first time I haven’t been home to hand her a birthday card. In fact, this holiday season, I’m further from home than ever before. 

My family has always been a living, breathing vision from a far-fetched, stereotypical New England storybook. 

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Exploring American Primary Care: Southcentral Foundation

As a medical student and a public health professional, I see the current American healthcare landscape through a lens of concerned optimism. We, as a nation, have been taught that our perspectives on healthcare are vastly divided. Yet, I believe we have more in common regarding what we want from health care delivery than we currently understand. Through a series of interviews, I seek to study these common values and further highlight creative approaches to primary care that exist within the United States.

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Elia Cole
Embracing the View From Your Unmapped Path

I opened the door and heard the jingle of a holiday-themed bell announcing my arrival. I walked up the creaking staircase and found myself in front of a pleasant woman sitting at a desk. She greeted me and led me to an empty room, decorated as if it were someone’s living room, wood fire stove and all. I took a seat on the couch and tried to feel comfortable despite being clearly uncomfortable. What an unfamiliar feeling. 

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Jamie Welch
Missions Align: Recognizing Our Veterans and Honoring Their Service to Others

I have had the privilege of serving many years on active duty in the US Army alongside the women and men of the various branches of the armed services and public health who chose to serve our country. As a member of the US Army, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job was providing help and care to people from all walks of life. This approach falls directly in line with the mission of Pacific Northwest University.    

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Marc Cote, DO, FACOI, FACP
Police Cars, Crisscrossed Standoffs and Sock-Stealing Elves: How Down Syndrome and My Brother Justin Inspired Me to Change the World

Justin is my little brother and my favorite human being. He’s 24 years old and he loves the Elvis, the Beatles, bowling, and the TV show Glee. Every time I talk to him he tells me — in detail — the plot of latest episode he’s watched (he’s seen all six seasons innumerable times). He wants to be an actor and musician someday but, for now, he interns at a local theater. 

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Taryn Baer
“Staph Infections Happen All the Time”

According to a survey released September 28th, 2017 by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error and 31% report they have been involved with the care of someone who has experienced an error. 

With over 247 million adults in the United States, that means over 52 million people in the US over the age of 18 have personally experienced a medical error. 

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Lexi Mitchell