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January 6, 2021

Picture a Scientist: Reflections from an MIT alumna

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

By: Sherry Zhou Picture a Scientist is a documentary released in October 2020. It narrates the journey of three women along their paths to becoming successful and renowned women scientists. From sexual harassment to constant snubbing, women scientists have faced significant challenges in forging careers in science. In fact, a large majority of potential women […]

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December 3, 2020

Promoting Visibility for LGBTI Students in STEM

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

On November 18, 2020, a group of students in the Mayo College of Medicine and Science organized the second annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI+) in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) conference. The conference included talks, networking events, a 3-Minute Thesis, and a keynote address by Dr. Amit Sood. November 18th is International […]

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November 29, 2020

Thanksgiving, a whitewashed history

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

By: Sherry Zhou Every year in November, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a celebration of bountiful harvests, the true onset of fall, and a time to gather with our friends and family. Even the name of the holiday, “Thanksgiving,” gives a certain connotation: to give thanks for what we are fortunate to have, whether those are basic […]

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November 26, 2020

Disowning Uncle Bob is not the solution

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

  By: Taylor Witter Ah yes, the holidays are approaching. We already know what that means: family time, and lots of it. There is a high likelihood that the main conversation at any holiday dinner will be topics concerning 2020. I don’t think I am the only one who has had frustrating conversations with family members […]

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November 17, 2020

How the Pandemic Challenges Workplace Etiquette

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

By: Anonymous Quarantine has taught me a lot about resilience, friendships, and remote desktop. There have been highs and lows as I have learned how to navigate my own anxiety and gradually implement strategies to keep up my motivation, recognizing when I need to take a moment to recharge. However, now that it has been […]

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May 27, 2020

Are you me?

By Josiane Joseph Josiane Joseph

As an elementary student, I was recruited to recite the morning announcements (and otherwise had many opportunities for public speaking). Each day I would arrive early to the little studio adjacent to the library where my colleagues and I would squabble for the primary announcer position. It was always exciting to tell thousands of students […]

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February 17, 2020

Known for Being Anonymous

By Josiane Joseph Josiane Joseph

Recently, I spent an evening at a professional development workshop designed to equip me to interact with confrontational patients. During this workshop, I encountered scenarios of people with racial or gender bias (both of which have affected me in- and outside my career training). Although it was informative to navigate the prejudices of others seeking […]

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January 25, 2020

Not Afraid to Fail

By Crystal Mendoza Crystal Mendoza

By: Catherine Knier The other day, I had a conversation with a friend about the idea of success and failure. We all know a loved one who has the capacity to succeed at something academically or professionally but who quits early. Though it’s impossible to fully know what is going on in the mind of […]

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December 14, 2019

Narration is a Necessity

By Josiane Joseph Josiane Joseph

By: Josiane Joseph Dr. Hedy S. Wald, a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Brown University, visited Mayo Clinic in December for a selection of lectures open to trainees and other personnel. I made the time to attend her narrative writing workshop where she discussed the benefits of reflective writing and allowed attendees time to […]

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December 5, 2019

Overview of Lunch & Learn with Dr. Leon Haley – October 22, 2019

By Josiane Joseph Josiane Joseph

According to Forbes and Fortune writers, though African Americans comprise 14% of the American workforce, only about 0.003% of them hold chief executive positions in Fortune 500 companies. In healthcare administration the absence of minorities is, perhaps, more stark with 91% of executives being non-Hispanic white individuals. Despite male minority executives being such a rarity, […]

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