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Michael Spears Michael Spears (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Indiana University School of Medicine

Michael is a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, class of 2021. Formerly, he served as an Army Aviation Officer (UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot) in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, basketball, endurance athletics, and reading. After he graduates from medical school, Michael would like to practice within the Veterans Health Administration.

From Hanoi to the Streets: One Prisoner of War’s Path to Homelessness

“I robbed my first bank when I was nine years old,” said Mr. L in the same matter-of-fact tone he always used when he shared equally shocking self-proclamations. Mr. L was a plump, grey-haired man in his seventies whose hooked wooden cane was never out of arm’s reach. His toothless grin and honeyed southern twang softened his otherwise hardened demeanor.


I had been invited to the general surgery journal club. In the sweltering heat of a southern summer, I dressed as crisply as possible because I had no idea what to expect. While I embraced this opportunity, I had only been invited because another medical student had fallen ill.

Terms and Conditions

Training to become a physician is not only about acquiring knowledge, but also learning to impart that knowledge upon others — most importantly, our patients. But, in this process of knowledge transfer, is it possible that the information we deliver becomes akin merely to the terms and conditions of a software agreement, the obligatory pop-up hastily scrolled through and accepted by the user — in this case, the patient?

Ana Meza Rochin Ana Meza Rochin (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Ana Meza-Rochin is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She is an immigrant from Mexico who moved to the United States in high school. She obtained her Bachelor in Science in health sciences from Arizona State University. She is interested in surgery with a specific interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on global health. In her free time, Ana enjoys traveling and spending time with family.