The MD-PhD training experience is uniquely filled with transition points between medical and graduate training. These transitions are frequently a time of stress and anxiety because of cultural paradigm shifts between the different training periods, accentuated by different paces, teaching styles, learning approaches, and overall culture. Frequently, the most dreaded transition is the return to the clinic after completion of the PhD. In the recently published editorial in the Medical Science Educator, I try to mitigate some of the stresses and concerns that students face through programs implemented across the country and through my own experiences.
In April 2015, Nepal experienced one of the worst earthquakes in the country's history, devastating an already troubled infrastructure. Feeling helpless from America, Rosha and I helped fundraise and planned a trip to help with the rebuilding efforts. We wanted to help with our boots on the ground rather than donating to organizations without knowing how the charity will directly help the victims.
One of our goals for the trip was to help an elementary school that was run by family friends in Harmi, Gorkha - in one of the most remote and hardest hit areas of Nepal. After Rosha raised ~$7,000, we were able to purchase the materials necessary to rebuild the school, and after discussions with locals and village leaders, brought all of the supplies to Harmi.
Unfortunately, we had to return to America before we could see the final product. Through the marvels of the internet, we were able to contact one of the village leaders, who was able to provide us with photos of the completed school!
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies