What’s it like being a ‘sexual minority’ in medical school?
Short Coats Rob Humble and Claire Castaneda are joined by new co-hosts Mitchell Hooyer and Jeremy Sanchez to talk about their personal experiences as members of the LGBT community while studying medicine. They highlight Iowa’s surprisingly inclusive nature–among other things, Iowa was only the third state to legalize same-sex marriage. And they discuss the interesting origin of CCOM’s student group EqualMeds, as well as how LGBT topics are covered in med school curricula. We also answer the question: why is it even necessary to include specific discussion of these groups given that all people are the same on a cellular level?
Plus, we answer a listener question from Nikki: is it easy to make friends in medical school if you’re an introvert?
Terrence Wong is not your average medical student. Growing up in Oakland, California, he didn’t have opportunities or connections. And a lack of resources meant that even as a little tyke he looked for ways to make money, like selling stuff on the Internet. He’s since realized that there are others out there who could use some information and encouragement–mentorship–to help them achieve what he did: going from poor inner-city kid to student at a top medical school. So he and some friends with serious coding chops founded MedMentor to hook up pre-meds with medical students who can serve as mentors, and to bring more diversity to a profession that sorely needs it. Terrence and Dave talked about what it’s been like to be both a medical student and a startup founder, and how listening to what ‘they’ think of your crazy idea is pretty much the last thing you should do.
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