What a wild week. I am so thankful to have been a part of this group of healthcare professionals and advocates. This conference has been a truly eye-opening experience. Having just finished my second year of medical school, I have not had as much clinical experience as many of my fellow attendees, and as a result, I believe I am still rather naive to the issues that exist in our healthcare system. I, much like our patients, would walk into a hospital and expect things to run smoothly; obviously, those with more experience must have perfected their craft… right? Hearing a general statement such as, ‘the system is broken’ only gives so much information. However, the stories from staff and my fellow attendees pulled back the curtain on the realities of medicine I will soon encounter.
My goal when entering this conference was to be a sponge; I wanted to… Continue reading
I originally applied to attend AELPS during my first year of medical school. Amid the COVID lockdown, I was searching for an opportunity to explore a patient-centered version of medicine; this type of experience was certainly more challenging to come by in 2020! As I sat at my desk at home, I found myself missing the job I held during graduate school in a Memory Care and Assisted Living facility. I had built connections with the residents and their families, and I really enjoyed caring for them. However, this job also demonstrated several harsh realities that occur throughout the health care system. I saw how over-worked staff did not always give the appropriate time and consideration to resident complaints or requests, as they felt they needed to attend to a more urgent issue. I saw how sometimes things can fall through the cracks. Thankfully I did not witness severe harm… Continue reading