Author: Sarah Swiezy

Sarah Swiezy Sarah Swiezy (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Indiana University School of Medicine


Sarah is a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine-TH (IUSM-TH) in Terre Haute, IN class of 2022. At IUSM-TH, she is part of the Rural Medical Education Program. In 2016 she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in biology and anthropology. After graduation, Sarah taught high school science in Southeastern Kentucky for 2 years as a part of Teach For America. She enjoys reading, playing piano, and running with her dog (a "chug"- chihuahua and pug!) in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Sarah would like to pursue a career as an OB/GYN in a rural area of Indiana.




The “Problem” with Politics and Medicine

In 2018, a patient filed a complaint against a medical student for wearing a “Black Lives Matter” pin on her white coat. When the student reached out to her school’s administration, she received this response: “It is best to not raise barriers in the way we present ourselves…Some of your political pins may offend some people, and it is probably best not to wear them on your white coat or while you are working in a professional role.”

Sarah Swiezy Sarah Swiezy (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Indiana University School of Medicine


Sarah is a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine-TH (IUSM-TH) in Terre Haute, IN class of 2022. At IUSM-TH, she is part of the Rural Medical Education Program. In 2016 she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in biology and anthropology. After graduation, Sarah taught high school science in Southeastern Kentucky for 2 years as a part of Teach For America. She enjoys reading, playing piano, and running with her dog (a "chug"- chihuahua and pug!) in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Sarah would like to pursue a career as an OB/GYN in a rural area of Indiana.