Tag: patient story

Michelle Shankar Michelle Shankar (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Rochester SMD

Michelle hails from Dayton, MD. She was a Geography major at Dartmouth College and then taught high school chemistry in Oakland, CA before joining medical school. Her interests include theater, community events and yard sales, being in the mountains, and expanding her board game repertoire.

Her Wardrobe

In high school, I was obsessed with wearing only vintage clothing. After hours of painstakingly searching every clothing rack at Goodwill, I would find a well-worn baseball jersey or an elaborately bejeweled Christmas sweater. I felt a sense of immense pride in reclaiming someone else’s memories — their winning games, their holiday parties – in an attempt to express my “uniqueness”.


Dan and I mimicked ducklings as we followed our senior resident, Tassia, single file down the stairs on our way back to the resident room. As we neared the bottom, we crossed paths with another medicine resident leading two medical students playing the same roles as Dan and I.

Alaq Muwali (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Baghdad College of Medicine

Alaq Muwali is a final year medical student attending Baghdad College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq. She has a passion for medicine, writing, mental health and the arts. She hopes her words help shine a light on the often neglected stories and experiences of the people of her country.