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Hard Act to Follow: Cheryl Adkinson, MD ’79, on a Career that Spans the Globe
From WWAMI to around the world, one alumna discovers her education prepared her in surprising ways.
Cheryl Adkinson, MD ’79, reflects on her educational path and how it prepared her for a long career that spans the globe.Read More >
Alliance for Equal Representation in Medicine Helps Demystify the Medical School Interview Process
The student-led group stages mock interviews and offers mentorship for underrepresented medical school applicants.Read More >
From Epidemiologist to Podcast Host: Celine Gounder, MD ’04, ScM, FIDSA
Medical journalist uses her passion for science and storytelling to tackle health disparities.
Sometimes the best medicine begins with a well-told story. Medical journalist Celine Gounder, MD ’04, has covered the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, the coronavirus pandemic, and the opioid overdose and gun violence epidemics in print and on television. Now, Gounder hosts and produces the podcast American Diagnosis, on health and social justice, and the podcast Epidemic, offering in-depth coverage of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) outbreak.Read More >
A rural pathologist is building a group home for his son — and other adults with autism.
Clay was 11 years old the first time he went to a psychiatric hospital.
“We had to call an ambulance to take him out of our house,” says his father, Zachary Weber, MD ’06. “He was thrashing and kicking and breaking doors.”
Although they love their son dearly, Weber and his wife, Mindy, knew that sending him away was necessary — partially to protect their younger son, Wesley. “Clay was starting to throw things at us and hit us,” Weber says.Read More >
One of our first WWAMI students speaks to the power of relationships in rural family medicine.
Around the turn of the last century, Louise Renkin took a forested wagon trail from downtown Seattle to get to her classes on the University of Washington campus. She was earning a degree in English, and she was also a bit of a pioneer, remembers her grandson, Richard (Dick) McLandress, MD ’74. Renkin joined the first-ever women’s Husky rowing club in 1905. Later, she became a teacher at Wenatchee High School.Read More >
Outside Her Comfort Zone
Physical therapy alumna and Paralympic medalist Megan Fisher loves a challenge.
“I'm very good at being uncomfortable,” says Megan Fisher, DPT ’14. For instance, last June, Fisher bicycled over 200 miles in blistering heat, and she recently climbed Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
She has done all this without the lower half of her left leg. “There is this saying: Two legs, too easy,” Fisher says.Read More >
Finding relaxation — and a way to help patients — at the pottery wheel.
There’s a weight that comes with treating very sick patients. For pulmonologist Joshua Benditt, MD ’82, releasing that weight is essential to well-being. At the end of a difficult day, he’ll often decompress in his home studio, throwing clay on a pottery wheel.Read More >
A Vote of Confidence
Faculty members establish a visionary scholarship.
When Eli Luna was a boy in Idaho, he remembers tagging along with his grandma while she went to visit neighboring Latino families.
As a liaison between the public school system and migrant workers, Luna’s grandmother met with parents, encouraging them to enroll their kids in school; as a former migrant worker, she had insight into their culture and needs. For Luna, it was a powerful lesson about the value of education — and the importance of making connections with underserved populations.Read More >