Tag: healthcare inequalities

Reilly Sample Reilly Sample (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School


Reilly is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He has taken a leave of absence to pursue a Master of Science in clinical investigation while working as a translational research fellow at an academic medical center in the Midwest. He received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. In his free time, Reilly enjoys running, backpacking, reading, and music composition.




What do Medical Students Need to Know About Inner City Poverty?

As many urban academic medical centers have become the world’s leaders in research and patient care, their bordering neighborhoods have suffered through decades of disinvestment and economic blight. Medical students often receive their first years of training in hospitals that serve these disadvantaged populations. While the current focus on social determinants of health represents a rising cornerstone of medical education, what else do medical students need to know about inner city poverty?

Medical Students Must Know Invisible City Lines

As I grew up, I felt these lines and had a vague idea of where they lay. I knew where in Louisville I felt “safe,” and I also knew where the “bad parts of town” were located. The lines and their forced labels serve to enhance the lives of some people, myself included, while limiting others. Two cities exist within one border separated by an undeniable feature — skin color.

Thomas Amburn Thomas Amburn (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Thomas Amburn is a third-year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky class of 2022. In 2015, he graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. Thomas is a Fulbright scholar and lived in Thailand after graduation for over a year. He enjoys caring for his plants, writing, and planning his next travel in his free time. In the future, Thomas would like to pursue a career in general surgery.