Four Life Lessons from Medical School

Austin and Galveston

After four exciting and formative years, I finally graduated from Harvard Medical School a few weeks ago. Aside from the abundance of bedside manner, physiology, pathophysiology, and procedural skills that I learned, here are the top four life lessons that I took away from the experience:

  1. Stay humble.
  2. Never be afraid to ask questions.
  3. Maintain balance between work and life — it makes both much more enjoyable.
  4. Stay plugged into your supports (faith, family, and friends).

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Video: Harvard Medical School Die-In — December 10, 2014

On December 10, 2014, students at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health participated in the National White Coat Die-In in the memory of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  Here is a short film I made to document the event.

“Like so many American institutions, the medical profession is not immune to racial bias.” – Chidi Akusobi (Harvard MD/PhD Candidate)

We challenge OUR PROFESSION:

  • To recognize institutionalized racism across social systems as a public health crisis and a key determinant of health disparities between racial groups
  • To confront manifestations of systemic racism in the American healthcare system and address them with systemic reforms
  • To leverage its social platform in anti-racism advocacy efforts

We challenge OUR INSTITUTION:

  • To prioritize cultural competency and cultural humility as core principles in curriculum reform efforts
  • To include critical conversations about institutionalized racism and its impact on health outcomes across every level of training in the HMS curriculum
  • To aggressively pursue racial and ethnic diversity among students, faculty, and senior leadership

We challenge OURSELVES AND OUR PEERS:

  • To become aware of the legacy of systemic racism in the United States and its impact on the lives of many Americans
  • To participate in efforts to resist and eradicate systemic racism in health care delivery
  • To acknowledge and confront our own personal biases

#BlackLivesMatter
#WhiteCoats4BlackLives