John Pereira (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

National University of Ireland, Galway

My name is John Dipak Pereira and I am from Malaysia. I have four siblings - 2 older sisters, an elder brother and a youngest sister. Both of my older sisters are doctors while my brother would complete his third year of medical school in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) this June. My youngest sister intends to pursue law as a profession. My father is a lawyer while my mother is a homemaker. I would begin my first year of medical school in NUIG this September.

Moment of Connection

Law, medicine, and dentistry — these were the careers that I was constantly exposed to at home. With my father as a practicing lawyer for over 25 years, two of my siblings already qualified as doctors, and the third on course to completing his medical journey, most of my relatives and friends thought medicine or law would be my choice naturally.


“From now on,” our deans told us at orientation, “society will see you as a doctor. Sometimes you may not feel like one, but that is what you are becoming. This week marks the beginning of that transition, which will continue in the months and years to come.”

What Does It Mean Now?

And what does it mean now? To be accepted? To be initiated, congratulated and nudged toward a curriculum made jokingly infamous by well-meaning administrators and by a culture which treats such consuming endeavors as medical school like abstract forms of busyness?

A Donor’s Story

The morning that we met was one most medical students eagerly anticipate as they embark on the journey that is medical education. Excitedly I put on my first set of scrubs, elated to look like a “real” doctor. Beneath my external façade however, I was masking an underlying feeling of anxiety.

Oceans Away

I awoke to a phone ringing frantically, must have been a Whatsapp call. My father yelling from downstairs, “He passed.” And my mother, opening my bedroom door before my eyes had fully opened, stood there with her cellphone out, lips quivering, and eyes searching, “He’s gone.” My grandfather had passed away.

Five Things I Learned On My Medical Outreach Trip

I recently returned from a medical outreach trip I went on with other students from my school. We traveled to the state of Gujrat in India and treated patients from a very rural population. Medical outreach trips are an excellent experience for medical students still in their pre-clinical years because they allow you to see firsthand the information you are learning and apply skills you have been taught.

Masood Mohammed Masood Mohammed (5 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Masood Mohammed is a third-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In 2017, Masood founded The Path to Medicine, a brand that helps pre-medical and current medical students alike achieve their goals of becoming physicians. In his free time Masood enjoys writing, dancing and exploring coffee shops.