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Student, Resident & Fellow Life Blog

Are you looking for encouragement as you struggle to keep up with the day-to-day activites of healthcare training, work, church, family and friends? Members of the National Resident & Fellow Council and the National Student Community want to help you overcome these obstacles by walking alongside you because they are in your same shoes. So join the conversation in the Student, Resident & Fellow Life Blog.

Two Peas in a Pod

January 17, 2017

by Marc Kelliny, MD

Mrs. Nelson* is a 76-year-old widowed lady who came in to the hospital with multiple previous medical problems. She had had a heart attack, an ischemic stroke and had her right leg amputated because of worsening peripheral arterial disease.

Smaller Than the Stars

By Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD | June 09, 2016

One night recently, I was laying on a blanket on the wet grass, while friends were building a fire and playing and singing worship music. One of the young women I met that night lay on the blanket next to me, and we looked at the stars. I commented on how amazing it was that the God who made them held them up there and they didn't just fall down on us.

The Light

November 04, 2015

by Phil Honea, DO

It’s that time of year when the sun has not yet risen as I drive to the hospital in the morning, and it has already descended below the horizon as I drive home at the end of the day. Living in Western Michigan as fall ends also means that even when the sun is up, it is often masked by a heavy grey blanket of clouds...

What Kind of Clay Are You?

By Christina Kopriva, MD | October 05, 2015

Isaiah 64:8: Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Bringing God Back into Healthcare

September 24, 2015

During my senior year at The Ohio State University, I decided to enroll in a winter break volunteer program. I felt that it would allow me to do something to help people in their physical state, but also give me the chance to speak about God...


August 18, 2015

We all go through difficult times. Residency amplifies the trials we face. As we spiritually, emotionally and physically devote ourselves to our patients and colleagues, we can be met with responses and outcomes that are completely opposite of what our heart desires. It can be very wearisome at times.

The Shining Face of Moses

August 05, 2015

I’ve often thought about how I am perceived by patients and by those I work with – whether it is residents, attendings, nurses, students or the many other staff I interact with at the hospital. Do they know that I am a Christian based on my words and actions?

Being Brave

By Christina Kopriva, MD | July 21, 2015

So often we think we’ll get brave in the privacy of our house or prayer room and then just step out one day brave, but it doesn’t work that way.

Reflecting on my past, gives me perspective for today and tomorrow.

June 16, 2015

This summer is a time of transition for me.  I graduate from residency and enter into independent practice.  Like with all graduations or major milestones in life, I look back on how I progressed to this point...

God Knows Best

By Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD | June 04, 2015

God has a unique and particular purpose, destiny, and calling for each of our lives in medicine and dentistry...

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