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Translating Research

Last week my class performed a mock review of our class projects.  The class projects are sample grants we might submit to fund our research.  The writing process is challenging, with only a few pages to make your case, proving the topic is important, the study you’ve designed will answer the question, and you are [...]

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So you want to be a researcher?

I am happy to say I have survived my first week of coursework. I am also happy to say that I am (so far) enjoying the coursework. I had fully expected the program to be rigorous – research can be difficult work.  I was not expecting the program to be so challenging to my understanding [...]

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The Value of Humility

This week I have been sharing some of the harder lessons I had to learn to become a midwife.  The value of humility is perhaps the hardest one I faced. I thought I did approach birth with humility.  I believed I understood the process and knew that the best course of action was to let [...]

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After Graduation

I’ve been ignoring you…sort of.  I had to get through my final exams and the the last week of school.  Then I was visiting family out of state which, despite my best intentions on every trip, is NOT a place for me to accomplish any work.  Admittedly, I have been home and without classes for [...]

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Graduation

This week I completed my last final exam and submitted my last paper.  I have completed all requirements for both degrees and within a few days will be officially graduated. What a strange feeling – to be done with school but not yet completed.  Before I can work, I need to pass the certifying examinations. At least [...]

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Alternative Breaks

My nursing school is hosting information about alternative breaks for student nurses thIs week. These are awesome opportunities for students with international aspirations to get their feet wet. The school organizes the trip, and the students often travel for a reduced rate and can use financial aid to pay the student portion. At my school, [...]

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HIV

I was reminded of a great resource for the US today when one of the collaborators gave a lecture in my HIV in Public Health class – have I mentioned how much I love studying at Emory? The resource is AIDSVu, an interactive US map that lets you investigate the spread of HIV by state [...]

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HIV and Pregnancy

My clinical time this semester has been at an HIV clinic.  I finished my last “official” day at the HIV clinic today.  I still have two optional days I plan to go, and I cannot believe how much I learned through this clinical.  I started thinking I just needed to get an understanding of what [...]

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Studying Maternal Mortality

I’m taking a class in the epidemiology of reproductive health this semester.  I like it, but I’m weird like that.  We talk about where the data comes from for the various statistics you hear thrown around, and what that may (or may not mean) for potential bias and the accuracy of the numbers.  No, not [...]

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Thesis

I’ve finally decided on a thesis topic, and it isn’t an “international” focus. But it is… let me explain. I will be looking at he birth to practitioner ratio it the USA, to see if there is a level of busy-ness that increases certain outcomes.  In other words, how many births can a doctor attend [...]

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