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Michael Appeadu (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Emory University School of Medicine


Michael Appeadu is a fourth year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012, where he studied sociology and biology. Michael has served as president for Emory's chapter of Student National Medical Association, a group dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved populations and supporting underrepresented minority students. He enjoys thriller movies, ping pong, conversations with friends and family, traveling, and storytelling.




Paying it Forward: Top 5 Takeaways from Medical School So Far

Earlier this month, I watched my younger sister begin her medical school journey as she walked on stage in front of family members and peers to be officially “white-coated.” I had never been to another White Coat Ceremony since my own years ago. It was fascinating to observe it from my now-more-seasoned fourth-year medical student eyes — especially at another institution.

Shifting Perceptions: Lessons Learned from a Student-Run Clinic

Each time we came in for our Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) Medical Clinic, we never knew what to expect. IMANA clinic is a community-based project led by the Albany Medical College Family Medicine Office that connects medical students to the local Muslim population through screening and education clinics at Masjid As-Salaam. This masjid is the central prayer space and community support for many of Albany’s Muslims. The unique quality of this service-learning program is its emphasis on cultural competency and understanding the role of spirituality in medical care.

My White Coat Costume

On the day of my white coat ceremony, I felt like a pretender. I squirmed in the rigid, wooden seat, staring at the gilded columns and towering proscenium of the hall, wondering when I’d be found out. I imagined them calling me to the stage, slipping on the coat, then seeing me in it and saying, “Well, that doesn’t look quite right.”

Is it Better to Trust or to Hope?

Since the start of my third year as a medical student, I have been quite interested in observing how people interact with me now that I am wearing a white coat. To be more specific, I find it amazing that people do not realize that my white coat is so much shorter than everyone else’s. To me, the length of my coat should act as a warning to those around me; I do not know where things are, and I do not know what’s going on most of the time.

Breaking Down the Barrier

I am an engineering graduate. My rigorous education has taught me that when presented with a problem, I should systematically narrow down solutions to figure out the best possible one. During my second week of medical school I had my first standardized patient encounter. I felt very pleased with myself when I walked out the door after having asked the patient specific questions about her foot pain and been rewarded with the details of her worries.

A Reflection on the National White Coat Die-In

This afternoon, medical students across the country, from Providence to San Francisco, will lay down on sidewalks and atrium floors in their white coats to express solidarity with ongoing victims of racial violence. As aspiring health care professionals, we don our white coats for these “die-ins” to express our commitment to the idea that racial injustice can and should be framed as a public health issue demanding our attention and efforts.

It’s Hard Keeping a White Coat Clean

As I was standing in my apartment building’s laundry room scrubbing away at a stubborn coffee stain, I kept up a steady stream of curses at my white coat. In the seven weeks since I’d first donned it, my coat had apparently decided that it preferred to be any color but white. A Tide-to-Go pen is now a permanent fixture in my pocket, and it’s used almost as often as the actual pens. It’s odd …

Wearing the White Coat: My First Preceptor Experience

My hands were a bit sweaty; my heart was fluttering. As I was driving , questions and doubts surfaced in my mind. “What if my preceptor is mean?” “What if I put my stethoscope the wrong way?” I had shadowed physicians and worked with patients in hospitals, but this was different. This was the first day when I would become a part of the medical health professional team and would utilize the physical diagnosis and …

Just Saying Hello: A Nod to All Those Who Helped Us

We had our white coat ceremony on the third day of medical school. Each student was given a rose to give to someone who helped during their journey to medical school. As soon as we started school, we had lectures to attend, books to read and frequent tests to study for. Everything started off with a bang! Before we knew it, we were nose deep in books, and we quickly forgot what life was like …

A Personal Oath

What a surreal feeling it was, to slip my hands—the same hands that pulled me across the floor as a baby, plucked worms from the ground as a mud-covered kid, collected E. coli-infested water samples throughout high school, flipped through MCAT study guides for an infinitesimal amount of time during college—into the sleeves of my white coat. They were the same hands, yes, but as they slid through those starchy sleeves, they felt different somehow, …

Rachel Pian Rachel Pian (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

Albany Medical College


Rachel is from Yorktown Heights, New York and has a rather peculiar and unyielding affinity for infectious disease. Before graduating from Yorktown High School in 2006, she carried out a three-year-long study on E. coli, which she presented at the 2006 International Science and Engineering Fair. Excited by that experience, and driven by her desire to make a lasting impact in the lives of others, Rachel pursued a premedical track at Boston University. At BU, Rachel earned distinction in biology through her research on White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious and devastating fungal disease that is currently wiping out northeastern U.S. bat populations. Also during her time as an undergrad, she worked as assistant director of the Health Career Opportunity Program at the New York University School of Medicine.

After graduating from BU in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biology, Rachel earned her certification as an EMT and worked for a private ambulance company in Boston. The first person in her family to pursue a career in medicine, Rachel is currently working towards her MD degree at Albany Medical College, and looks forward to the many opportunities to come.