Roberta Sefcik, ISMMS MD Student, Class of 2016, talks about how her love of writing and playing bagpipe music helps her process her experiences in med school.
I had a lot of mixed feelings about participating in the White Coats for Black Lives Die-In protesting racism and police brutality back in December. My initial excitement gave way to fear and hesitation as the protest began. I had the fortune of sharing in this demonstration hand in hand with Dr. Reena Karani. The connection I felt between us transformed my fear into pride and empowerment.
Jillian Nickerson, MD/MSCR Candidate, Class of 2015 describes Match Day, “There is nothing quite like the excitement and emotion of Match Day. You celebrate all of the hard work you put in during medical school by finding out where you will spend the next years of training in the same room as all of your mentors, colleges, friends and family. I found out that I will be staying at Mount Sinai, which was my first choice, and was immediately congratulated by the program director, program coordinator and the director of the Emergency Department. It was the warmest welcome I could ask for!”
Jillian Nickerson is in ISMMS’s PORTAL program, as a MD/MSCR Candidate, Class of 2015.
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In Soma City, too, we saw how the tsunami had flattened the land, destroying whole communities in addition to the city’s infrastructure: the train to the regional capital in the north still wasn’t running, but a bus service was held in its place. The old fish market was now empty, with rows of unused boats bobbing up and down. At the Nagomi Care Clinic, a mental health outreach center established after 3/11, I folded paper cranes with the town’s fishermen who had lost their livelihood due to the radiation and now had little to do.
Last summer, I was lucky enough to spend two months in Fukushima, Japan and conduct research there as part of a project funded by the Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai and Rotary International. During the first week, fellow Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) medical student David Anderson and I participated in a class at Fukushima Medical University on radiation and disaster medicine. After that, we conducted a survey along with Japanese medical students to examine post-traumatic stress and growth after the 3/11/11 “Triple Disaster” (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident). The experience was incredible and the research is still ongoing!