Life-Changing Care: Why I Decided to Become a DO

Second-year medical student Katie Wyatt always felt destined for a career in healthcare. Her path, and her final destination, however, were uncertain.

In her first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, Wyatt shares the tale of two life-changing experiences that led her to osteopathy and, ultimately, landed her at PNWU.

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Katie Wyatt
How I Learned to Stop Stressing Over Sleep

Faced with the seemingly endless wave of new information that accompanies medical school, first-year PNWU student Juan Razo feels lucky if can climb into bed before midnight. Even in those moments of well-earned rest, however, he is often roused by a universal reminder that life’s responsibilities don’t stop when the books close.

In his first appearance on the blog, Razo shares an invaluable tip that has helped him to combat the sleep deprivation he faces as a medical student and new father.

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Juan Razo
A Doctor Who Did

Second-year medical student Drew Hollen’s eyelids grew heavy as the peaceful harmonies of his wife’s Mosaic Choir and Orchestra concert washed over him. When the intermission struck, however, so did lifelong inspiration.

In his first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, Hollen shares the story of how one night at the orchestra forever shaped his approach to patient care.

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Drew Hollen
Coping with Grief

PNWU medical student Cuong Vien was well aware of the Kübler-Ross model of grieving. When his father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 54, however, that model quickly became proof that there is no real blueprint for experiencing grief.

In his first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, Vien takes readers through his own experience of dealing with tragedy, offering exceptional insight into the unpredictable realities of grieving.

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Cuong Vien
My Life As a Mother in Medical School

As a soon-to-be mother of two, second-year medical student Reges Hansen uses her first appearance on the PNWU Health Blog to ask: “Why would anyone choose this path!?”

Reflecting on the experience of balancing motherhood and medical school, Hansen highlights the immense challenges she has faced throughout her medical school journey, and uncovers the motivating force that inspires her to continue pursuing her dream, no matter how challenging it can prove to be.

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Reges Hansen
The Importance of Patient Advocacy

Second-year medical student Laura DeWald shudders just thinking about what could have happened.

Reflecting on a life-changing experience in the emergency department, DeWald highlights the life-saving significance of patient advocacy, and illustrates how a single experience has forever shaped the way she approaches patient care.

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Laura DeWald
Dancing with Death: What We Can Learn Through the Grieving Process

PNWU medical student Jordi Pellicer still vividly recalls the panicked wave of nauseating fear that struck him when he found out his father had been involved in a serious bicycle accident.

In his second appearance on the PNWU Health Blog, Pellicer relives those harrowing moments, and explains how the experience has shaped his approach to life and medicine.

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Jordi Pellicer
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