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Final Blog Post

Final Blog Post

If I could travel back to the beginning of my freshman year, I would tell myself the following:

1.) Turn this blog post in on time.

2.) Do not take 8 a.m. classes 4 times a week.

3.) Use my time wisely.

4.) Put first things first.

5.) Study everyday instead of cramming the week before an exam.

6.) Talk to more people.

7.) Meet with my academic advisor more often.

8.) Go to ALL of my study group sessions for Chem.

9.) Sleep earlier.

10.) Listen more in lectures.

There were a lot of challenges especially because everything is so much harder to manage since every thing was so time consuming. It did not help that new things would come up unexpectedly that would completely mess up my agenda for the day.

The way I learned to change my ways is by through discipline and organization. I began to list all of my homework on my whiteboard that is next to my door, and I would erase everything that I would accomplish, and it helped me miss less of the homework that were due. I am still growing as a person and student here in the University of Michigan, and I am open to continue learning how to beat the system!

Do NO Harm.

Do NO Harm.

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. – Albert Camus


I believe that nothing is perfect. There will be people who have the purest intentions but will end up causing harm. Everyday, we are put through different kinds of challenges, ones that we’ve experienced before and ones we have never seen coming. Each of those challenges causes us to act different ways, and each time we act, we do not always know what the outcome will be.

Sometimes, people can be selfish and think whatever they are doing is good but only good for them and not everyone else. It is all in the matter of perspectives. Sometimes, it can all just be a matter of coincidence. Something happened that made your action backfire, and it wasn’t your fault. There are also many ways to prevent these from happening, and ways to do no harm are to check everything before finalizing, listen to yourself before saying, and re-evaluate what’s good for the people not just yourself.
For me, as I will tackle this myself while working with others, I will make sure that I put my patients first before my own. I will make sure that they feel satisfied with my care, and that they will know everything that goes on in their body, for they have the full rights to know. I will make sure that I will not sign any papers of study that involves me or others to be put at risk. I will make sure to follow the “Modern” Hippocratic Oath and the ethics of medicine. I have an understanding that if I wouldn’t wanna see me or the people I love be put through so much pain without their say that I wouldn’t want anybody else to be put in that position neither. It’s absolutely disgusting that people let that happen without consent. That’s why it’s very important to educate everybody at such an early age about what occurred in the past that we have to avoid making because again, humans make mistakes, but we have to learn from them because if we do not, we won’t be progressing individually nor as a society, and it is vital that we do to make our world a better place. So, be careful with what you do out there. Do no harm.

End of Semester Reflection

End of Semester Reflection

Starting the first semester, I really did not know what to expect from UC 105, I did not understand how the class moved just yet, but as the time went by, I definitely started to be more engaged with the lectures. There are definitely hits and misses when it comes to the lectures. There are times when I am absolutely engaged and came prepared to class, and there are times when I am just going with the flow, but I am not as interested as I would like to be.

These are the following lectures I enjoyed and was very engaged in: On purpose, Global Health, Health Disparities & Unconscious Bias, Queerly Unequal: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to LGBTQ, and Pre-Health Myths and Change Panel. The rest I honestly blanked out on.

Reading the letter to myself, I realized how a lot of things went the way I planned and a lot of the things I completely failed at making happen as well. I definitely need to stay focus more often, and I am going to start doing that by not bringing my phone to class, and I will also try to be less tired in class even though it really is out of my control, but I did notice that if I took a nap before class started, I am more focused and engaged with the lecture. I am going to work on making my blog post even more engaging and putting more efforts in my comments and actually understanding the lectures more in depth. Other than that, I do appreciate this class. I have learned a lot about the health care that I did not know before, and I am thankful for that. I can’t wait to see what’s coming for the next semester!

Health Disparities: Racism

Health Disparities: Racism

First off, what is the definition of a disparity? 

A disparity is a type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environment.

With that, it is good to be aware that disparities in the health care system very much still exists especially in social aspects. Mary Bassett explained it well in her TEDMED talk “Why your doctor should care about social justice.” It is because as much as we try to avoid talking about it because it is an uncomfortable topic to discuss, race is still an issue in this day and age.

Using the socioecological model, it starts with a patient or a friend, an individual, that you may know that is discriminated for his or her skin color, then it leads to a community of that same race being neglected by an institution to be given the care that they need; it becomes interpersonal, which leads to the healthcare systems having the problem they have now, which is social injustice in their system, leading to an organizational involvement.

It is because we are bias people. We are biased towards our own race or to the race that we as a society have deemed as “good.” Statistically, Basset brought up plenty of examples of racial injustice in the healthcare such as, premature mortality being 50% higher for black men than white men; black women facing death related to childbirth more than ten times related than white women; how black babies face three times the risk of early death in its first year of life than a white baby, and that more than one out of every six black men die earlier than white men with living only about 25 years of their lives. There is an ongoing discrimination, and it must be stopped especially in the healthcare. It should not matter what the color of the person’s skin is. If they are in need of medical care, help them.

Intervention actually happens often with just a person who is willing to speak up for the injustice witnessed.  However, it is a long process. It is a fight against you and many others until you have found people who are willing to be courageous enough to fight the same battle that you are fighting. It is the only way to stop the ongoing levels of health disparities in the socio-ecological life that we live by. You just have to “Sound the Alarm!”