An Internship That Taught me Science, Networking, and Most Importantly – Confidence

By: Alexandra Filipkwoski “Dear Alexandra, please find that attached letter of acceptance into our summer program at Vanderbilt. From, Dr. Joey Barnett.” My heart dropped. I had to sit down and re-read the email to indeed make sure this wasn’t some nicely worded rejection letter.  I had done it – I had gotten accepted toContinue reading “An Internship That Taught me Science, Networking, and Most Importantly – Confidence”

Navigating Science Through My Lens *

By: Alexandra Filipkowski Science is an act of “self expression” because it allows me to question and explore my reality. To elaborate, before I was exposed to the world of scientific research I felt that my questions that ranged from topics in health disparities to exercise to mental health could only be answered by aContinue reading “Navigating Science Through My Lens *”

Navigating Science Through My Experiences

By: Alexandra Filipkowski Science is an act of “self expression” because it allows me to question and explore my reality. To elaborate, before I was exposed to the world of scientific research I felt that my questions that ranged from topics in health disparities to exercise to mental health could only be answered by aContinue reading “Navigating Science Through My Experiences”

Structural Competencies and its Applications

By: Alexandra Filipkowski The term ‘structural competency’ is used to emphasize the unique, and ever-changing relationships between clinical problems and social determinants of health. Social determinants of health include, but are not limited to, an individual’s housing situation, education, and income.These factors are absolutely vital for healthcare workers to keep in mind because they dictateContinue reading “Structural Competencies and its Applications”

The Power of Scientific Communication for the Young Girl

By: Alexandra Flipkowski “What do you want to pursue in college?” said my 12th grade anatomy teacher. “I don’t know yet” I shyly mumbled despite fully knowing I wanted to be a doctor and pursue the pre-med route. Well, why didn’t I just tell my high school teacher I wanted to pursue pre-med? The answerContinue reading “The Power of Scientific Communication for the Young Girl”