What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally, academically, professionally?
I'm currently in my second year of medical school at Mount Sinai in NYC. Given the current sociopolitical climate (and implications for quality healthcare), I feel quite lucky to be part of a community that is as active and socially conscious as Sinai. To that end, I'm a member of our Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights/Social Justice Program, and co-direct a medical educational program for middle school students here in East Harlem.
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar Alumni, and if so — how?
Not as much as I would like! The updates on the Facebook page are very helpful, and every once in a while someone will re-open our message thread for updates (shout-out to Valerie and Simon). Definitely looking forward to the mini NYC reunion this December.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison); The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare (T.R. Reid); Salt (Nayyirah Waheed); Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice (Willie Parker).
Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
In many places lately! In my peers and professors, who see medicine and advocacy as two sides of the same coin; in reading historical/current examples of progress; in great talks/panel discussions; and in spontaneous, but uplifting conversations with family and friends.
Anything else you want to share?
Looking forward to future updates -- Happy Holidays all :)