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I was sitting in my balcony studying for my finals when I get a message on my phone: Biden has won the presidential election. All these emotions came to me, and I started to recall the past four years. I recalled the first racist remarks I got at Walmart the first week Donald Trump won four years ago because I was speaking Spanish. I recalled being told by strangers to go back to my country because I was speaking Spanish. I recalled simply last week, being told I wasn’t able to do something just because of my race. I recalled…

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This doctor quit medicine. It saved her life. (kevinmd.com)

It was January 4th, 2021. I had just had two great weeks of vacation. I had the blessing of seeing my parents and siblings on Christmas day during a pandemic, spend my second Christmas with my Fiancé, spend our first Christmas with our dogs and most of all, spend it healthy. I had it good. Then why did I cry the morning of Jan 4th, 2021? Because I realized I was burned out, exhausted and unhappy.

I have known since I was a young girl that I wanted to be a doctor, or so I told myself. With my sister…

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https://insights.dice.com/2020/06/17/how-apple-google-twitter-youtube-pushing-racial-equality/

The novel Coronavirus or COVID19 has shown no mercy in the U.S, with a grappling 175,00 lives lost from COVID19 and almost 6 million people infected in the U.S in a mere 5 months. We have seen the virus infect all types of people across the country, but we have seen it infect some people more than others, particularly the minority population. When taking a deeper dive into the numbers, we see that the Latino and Black population are three times more likely to become infected, compared to Whites. This also applies to states where the Native American population is…

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/photos-protests-erupted-country-death-george-floyd/story?id=70982934

This past week we have witnessed several incidents of Racism towards Blacks. The most impacting incident includes the death of George Floyd, a unarmed Black American who was being arrested on alleged forgery. A video soon circulated showing Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, putting his knee on Floyd’s neck, with 3 other officers on the side who just stared. In the video we can hear Floyd saying “I can’t breathe.” Despite this, the officer continues to rest his knee on Floyd’s neck till eventually Floyd stopped breathing and dies on scene. Another racism incident that same week included another Black…

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On March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced coronavirus or COVID-19 a pandemic. This means there is widespread human infection of COVID-19 around the world. Currently the U.S has approximately 80,000 cases with more than 1000 deaths, with Arizona having 450 cases with several deaths out of the 826 they have tested. Arizona has taken some public health measures to try and contain COVID-19 with initially giving recommendation to Arizonians to stay inside and work from home if possible.

While public health approaches are being taken in Arizona, they may not the correct ones for the intensity of…

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I didn’t realize how much my ethnicity (being a Hispanic Female) would determine of my future. At a young age I thought that I could be anything I wanted to be, but as I grew older, I slowly realized that my ethnicity would try and determine some of that for me. I first realized this during my time in medical appointments with my sister.

My sister has Autism and Epilepsy. This made her first decade and a few more years of life much tougher than your regular kid. Going to at least 2 doctors appointments a month became part of…

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2020 has started and we all know what that means, time to organize our goals for the year, our agendas, our new years resolutions, and most importantly, set up our yearly wellness checks. For those of you who haven’t added this to your to do list or aren’t familiar with it, let me take a moment to share some knowledge with you. A wellness check is a yearly check that occurs with your primary care physician or another healthcare professional monitored by a physician. This yearly check is geared towards preventing diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other common…

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https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-candidates-medicare-for-all-7d958bab-de34-4d8c-921d-b561f201c4c2.html

In the past 2 debates we have seen 20 candidates in two days speak of tedious topics like immigration, healthcare, criminal reform and many others, with each candidate taking a stance on each topic. One of the most prominent topics spoken in these last two debates was healthcare with candidates taking one of three stances, Universal Healthcare, Medicare For All, or something in the middle. We have candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that are in favor of Medicare For All. We also have other candidates like Vice President Joe Biden who wants to give healthcare to all but…

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https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2015/12/05/new-york-times-puts-gun-control-editorial-on-page-1-after-san-bernardino-mass-shooting/

In less than 24 hours, 29 people have been shot dead, and dozens have been injured in two mass shootings, with one mass shooting occurring in El Paso, Texas in a Walmart, and another in Dayton, Ohio, in a night club. These incidents have revived the gun control debate and have politicians and the people of America questioning what will be done, and most importantly, when will it be done.

Some politicians and Americans claim that gun control will not change anything, instead it will just infringe on the second amendment. They use examples like the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting…

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https://www.insider.com/biggest-wedding-regrets-couples-have-2018-10

It’s 2am, I am on call. 3 patients have arrived back to back to the trauma bay. There was a neighborhood shooting. First patient, 22-year-old male GSW to chest, second patient 34 year old GSW to head, and lastly 11 year old patient self-inflicted GSW to the chest. I take the 11 year old patient to the OR, and after several hours of tending to the wound from the bullet to his heart, we suture, close, and send him to the PICU. It is now 7am, my shift is over, but I stay to finish notes. As I arrive home…

Maria Valdez, MPH

Contributor writer for Medium and former contributor writer for HuffPost. I focus on disparities in education and medicine. #Latina #Hispana #Medicine

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