Call me Ryan. I am a premedical student set the graduate this semester (oh my) and who hopes to pursue a career in medicine in service to underserved communities. Between studying for the MCAT and my classes, I like to make jewelry, play video games, and write. I am also the mother of the most self-aware, gorgeous cat in the world.

But that’s not important. Not really. I am, before anything, a purveyor of the idea that every single child — regardless of where or to whom they were born — deserve equal access to medical care, mental health services, and educational opportunities. I grew up 20 miles from the nearest medical clinic, so I have experienced first-hand the effects that poor access has on a community and on individuals, like myself, who live with a medical condition. Let me tell you — it’s not pretty. And, upon leaving my rural community and moving to an urban area, I learned that there are communities living within a few miles of world-class hospitals who still don’t benefit from this proximity. Geography is hardly the only barrier individuals face when trying to receive care, and I have built my undergraduate experience around exploring these factors so that, hopefully, I can do good by my future patients.

This blog began as a way to talk about mental health care, but it has since expanded to include a number of intersectional issues pertaining to the field of medicine — issues regarding biases in the exam room, who gets services and who doesn’t, and more. It’s vital that we all, whether we’re going into medicine, farming, law, or foodservice, take time to explore these issues. Everyone deserves — has the right to — the opportunity to pursue the happiest, healthiest life possible. We’ve not reached that point, not yet. But we can start walking in the right direction.




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