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Pompeyo Quesada Pompeyo Quesada (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine


Pompeyo is a third-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Formerly, he was a medical student researcher at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the department of clinical cancer prevention. He is a former trainee of the medical student summer fellowship program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and of the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He attended The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in neuroscience research.  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, salsa dancing, and writing poems.  After he graduates medical school, Pompeyo would like to pursue a career in academic medicine in the field of otolaryngology.




Ashten Duncan Ashten Duncan (7 Posts)

Columnist, Medical Student Editor and Former Managing Editor (2017-2018)

OU-TU School of Community Medicine


Ashten Duncan is a MD/MPH student at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A 2018-2019 Albert Schweitzer Fellow, he is currently in the public health stage of his training. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a B.S. in Microbiology and minors in Chemistry and French. An aspiring family physician, Ashten is currently on a National Health Service Corps scholarship. His research interests include hope theory, burnout in medical education, and positive psychology in vulnerable populations. Ashten is passionate about creative writing and what it represents. He has published pieces on KevinMD.com and in-Training.org and in Blood and Thunder and The Practical Playbook.

The Lived Experience

As medical students, we sometimes lose sight of our purpose for going into medicine and feel that we are exerting ourselves excessively with little feedback from our environment. It is important that we remember that, while we are living through the experiences that come with our training, our future patients are also living through their own experiences. The focus of this column is to examine topics in positive psychology, lifestyle medicine, public health and other areas and reflect on how these topics relate to medical students, physicians and patients alike.