On Leadership: Episode 18 of “This Meharrian Life”

This past year, I started a podcast at my medical school called “This Meharrian Life.” The goal was to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the students, physicians, alumni, and administrators who make Meharry Medical College a fantastic place to learn and grow. This is the transcript of my last episode, where I compiled…

Why HBCU Medical Schools Matter

Every few months, there happens to be another breathless news story about racism in healthcare. Mass media seems shocked, progressives angrily tweet, while conservatives claim that somehow it was all President Obama’s fault. Meanwhile, the four relatively unknown and certainly underappreciated HBCU (historically black college or university) medical schools in the United States (Howard University,…

How Creativity Depends on Location

I decided to take my first salsa class at a small but blossoming dance school this past week in downtown Manhattan, where I am spending the month of March taking a medical school elective. The Latin American dance instructor, Joel, began by spinning a yarn about the origins of New York Style Salsa. He spoke…