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Cassie Kosarek Cassie Kosarek (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Cassie is a student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She graduated in 2012 from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English and a minor in psychology and completed the Bryn Mawr College Post-Baccalaureate Program for career changers in 2015. She has been on the editorial team at the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and regularly contributes to US News and Student Doctor Network.




The Role of Third Year Medical Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 17, 2020, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) jointly issued a statement supporting “medical schools in placing, at minimum, a two-week suspension on their medical students’ participation in any activities that involve patient contact.” The joint recommendation leaves thousands of third year medical students, who will soon enter into their final year of school, contemplating their role in the face of this evolving pandemic.

Coronavirus Exposes Inequities. Now, Let’s Address Them.

From a public health perspective, we in Oregon have nowhere near the number of cases as our northern neighbors in Washington, although with delayed testing it is hard to tell exactly how many people are infected. But as we continue to follow the pattern of disease spread that has been demonstrated in Wuhan and Italy, we can presume that things will only escalate from here. And with it, inequities will be laid bare.

Pattern Recognition

Although I’ve spent only a mere two and a half years as a student in this world of medical education, it’s readily apparent that I fit into very few of the “typical medical student” patterns. I’m part of a small cohort of dual degree students. I’m nontraditional, having never considered becoming a physician until after I graduated from college in 2013. And I am a disabled woman.

Marlise Pierre-Wright (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Marlise is a second year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master's degree in public affairs, with a focus on health policy. As part of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, she served two years at the U.S. Administration for Children and Families. She enjoys listening to podcasts, long city walks, and intense debates with her friends on issues ranging from automation to Michelle Obama’s boots. Marlise would like to pursue a career in pediatric emergency medicine and public policy.