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INVITATIONS & RECOGNITION


LinkRole or FeatureDate
NEJM Resident 360: "Living With Health Conditions During Medical Training"herePlatform host08.19.2020 - 08.29.2020
The Harvard Crimson: "HMS Students Launch Creative Project Focused on Medical Students With Chronic Health Conditions"hereWritten article & interview09.07.2020
Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project (HLEP): WinnerhereCompetitive scholarship opportunity for Harvard and MIT Law Student collaboration09.28.2020

MANIFESTO


Notes for our readers: In this piece, we will use the phrase  “health condition” to describe the breadth of personal acute and chronic, physical and mental, and past or present illness and/or disability experiences of medical/dental students. Further, we view this as a living document, and encourage all to contribute thoughts to this manifesto. To share ideas, questions and feedback, please visit our Contact page or email us at unconditionalpublishing@gmail.com.

THE SILENT EVIDENCE

  • The exceptionally low disclosure rate of personal health conditions among medical students reflects, in part, the stigma and judgment that students may face from peers, faculty, and institutions more broadly. 

  • Building a medical/dental school culture that is not only inclusive of, but indeed celebrates and values, the experiences of students with a health condition is critical to making these narratives visible.

  • Efforts around diversity and inclusion in medical education rarely address increasing representation for students living with health conditions, who already face significant barriers to entering into and completing medical training.

THE INIMITABLE VALUE

  • Medical/dental students who have experienced a personal illness, health condition, and/or disability are uniquely positioned to both incorporate these personal experiences into the foundation of their patient care framework and impart these unique takeaways to their peers - but only if they are empowered to do so.

THE REPRESENTATION GAP

  • Currently, there remains a dearth of narratives produced by medical/dental students of their personal experience living with a health condition.

  • Medical students who live with a health condition offer an entirely unique and nuanced understanding of the physician-patient experience missing from current discourses and training in medical/dental education. As recipients and future providers, they offer a life perspective that may help illuminate and bridge the goals of both the patient and provider during the stages of their medical training and beyond. 

  • Illuminating how health conditions and disability exist even amongst medical/dental students would combat the current perception of these experiences as inherent limitations, and instead highlight how their experiences and visibility bring value into their school communities and beyond.

THE UNCONDITIONAL PROJECT

  • Founded by students at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Unconditional Publishing seeks to elevate and make visible the stories of medical and dental students who have lived with or are living with a health condition.

  • Our goals in pursuing this creative project is multifold. We aim to:

  • Illuminate the diverse patient narratives that exist within our very own HMS/HSDM community (anonymously or named) through art, as we believe that a creative, multimedia piece will best capture the breadth and depth of experience of each student.

  • Foster a space for conversation surrounding personal health conditions among healthcare trainees, and demonstrate to those confronting the dual experiences of student and patient that they are indeed not alone.

  • Recognize that while personal experiences with health conditions can pose tremendous challenges for students pursuing medicine and dentistry, these experiences can also impart meaningful insight and empathy into one’s patient care.

  • Create space for stories of hardship but also stories of resilience and adaptation amongst our classmates with the hope that others may identify with and find personal parallels to these narratives.

THE LIMITATIONS

  • We acknowledge the singularity of and (varying degrees of) underlying privilege in each experience shared in this piece, and we respect the resulting limitations to broad generalizability.

  • We acknowledge the wide range of scope and severity that different disabilities might have on different individuals in different capacities.

  • We emphasize and celebrate the individuality of each experience shared in this piece and encourage representation through diversity, including (but not limited to) in condition, presentation, impact on daily life, ethnicity, gender identity, external resources, and desires for anonymity.


UNCONDITIONAL PUBLICATION


Our multimedia publication seeks to elevate the stories of medical and dental students who have lived with or are living with an illness, health condition and/or disability.

These curated Volumes showcase a handful of these students' narratives at a time. Our editorial team works closely with each contributor to ensure their story is presented effectively and appropriately.

Click the Volume labels below to view them.

VOLUME 1

NEW | 10.07.2020

VOLUME Ø

WE ARE HERE | 06.09.2020

VOLUME Ø

06.09.2020


to you who fight the silent fight, wrestling with fear or self-doubt, plagued by self-conceptions wrought in ignorance and social scrutiny that threaten to denigrate and silo your physical, emotional and mental experience of living with an illness, health condition, or disability -

we are here,

and this is for you.

Sam Sadler & Jenny Rowley

VOLUME 1

10.07.2020


Volume 1 is the first official Volume published by U|P.

We present four pieces by students from our own community at Harvard Medical School/ Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/ HSDM), who discuss a wide range of experiences with illnesses, health conditions and disabilities.

Click "VIEW & DOWNLOAD" below to access the piece. We recommend downloading Volume 1 for the highest quality experience.

THE LIVING WITH CAMPAIGN


We are thrilled to announce our Living With Campaign, comprised of two complementary initiatives aimed at creating a visible community of support for student-patients. In brief, through the Living With Campaign, we are inviting medical professionals who have personally faced a health condition, illness and/or disability to join our efforts by writing an open letter to student-patients through our Living With Letters and/or by joining our public Living With List to serve as a source of mentorship and social support for student-patients.

To learn more about the Living With Campaign, including how to participate, keep scrolling!

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact us. Stay tuned for more information by following us on Twitter.

LIVING WITH LETTERS


All health professions trainees/practitioners

We are humbled by the openness and vulnerability of many residents, fellows and attending physicians who have shared their personal health stories with us and have expressed a desire to share their experiences with student-patients to help demonstrate that they are not alone.

Thus, we are thrilled to invite health professionals who have personally faced an illness, health condition, or disability to write an open letter to student-patients to share your experience in medicine and to extend your solidarity, lessons learned and wisdom to through a Living With Letter. These letters will be posted on this website for student-patients across the nation to view, and can be published anonymously or named.

For more details regarding submission or to submit your letter, click on the button below.

LIVING WITH LIST


All health professions trainees/practitioners

The Living With List is a national public list of individuals in the medical profession (i.e. faculty, attendings, fellows, residents, postdocs, students, and staff) who are living with or have previously experienced an illness, health condition or disability (‘condition’).

The List, modeled after LGBTQ+ "OutLists", is intended to create a visible community among health care trainees and practitioners alike who identify as having a condition. We hope the List will provide a vibrant network of possible mentors and support systems for student-patients.

A version of this list will be publicly available (with no contact info) on our site and will be periodically updated.

For more information or to become part of the List, please click the button below.

SHARE YOUR STORY


Whether you are a current medical trainee or a practicing physician, we have a few options for you to share your story or get involved! See below for more details.

VOLUME 2


NOW OPEN TO ALL CURRENT MEDICAL STUDENTS, RESIDENTS & TRAINEES.

Submit your thoughts and/or story to Unconditional Publishing for our upcoming Volume 2 - or other future volumes.

For more information, click the link below.

INSTAGRAM

NEW

Open to all current medical students, residents & trainees.


Submit a caption (and a photo) for us to share on our instagram platform, @unconditionalpr. We will feature you on our page - anonymously or named.

For more information, click the link below.

LIVING WITH CAMPAGIN

Open to all residents and other practicing clinicians.


We are inviting medical professionals who have personally faced a health condition, illness and/or disability to join our efforts by writing an open letter to student-patients through our Living With Campaign to serve as a source of mentorship and social support for student-patients.

For more information, visit our "Living With" page.

TEAM


Meet the leadership team behind Unconditional Publishing!

If you are an artist, web designer, or interested in joining our leadership team, please contact us. Allies are welcome.

CREATIVE DIRECTORS

Sam Sadler
M1 | Harvard Medical School

Sam (she/her) is an MS2 at Harvard Medical School. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she graduated from Duke University ('19) with a B.S. in neuroscience and global health. She continues to pursue this academic intersection at HMS, where she serves on the Secretariat Team for the Global Neurosurgery Committee of the WFNS and collaborates with the Program for Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC).

Alongside her colleagues at HMS, Sam has launched "Unconditional Publishing" to highlight the narratives of medical students living with illness, health conditions and/or disabilities.

Jenny Rowley
M1 | Harvard Medical School

Jenny (she/her) is an M2 at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests focus on reproductive science, reproductive immunology and fertility care for LGBTQIA+ patients, and leads several initiatives and student groups focused on reproductive rights and justice.

Jenny's greatest passion, however, is advocating for medical students living with health conditions, illnesses and disabilities. Jenny launched Unconditional Publishing alongside her colleagues at HMS to serve as a platform for student-patients to share their stories.

EDITORIAL TEAM

King Fok
M1 | Harvard Medical School

King Fok, M.S. (he/his) is a first generation college and second year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Portland, Oregon before attending the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Health with a minor in International Development Studies. He went on to attain a Masters of Science in Global Public Health and Policy at Queen Mary University of London. During this time, he was able to engage with disabilities studies in mutliple ways: volunteering with non-profit organizations such as the Orthopedic Training Center, research on prosthetic devices with Ghana's Ministry of Health, and political analyses of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, International Disability Alliance, and Disability Council International in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was motivated to social advocacy and disabilities research after having been diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease at the age of eight. He went on to use a wheelchair for two years and have since continued rehabilitation. He loves learning about the lives of others and connecting with others, which motivated him to join the UNCONDITIONAL team to highlight the life stories of others. He strives to pursue a holistic lifestyle and to elevate the stories of others so they can live as their full selves, and he values the words of his alma mater that education should be of the “mind, body, heart, and soul” and to foster “transformative change” in communities around the world.

Hae Lin Cho
M1 | Harvard Medical School

Hae Lin Cho (she/her) is currently a MS2 at Harvard Medical School. Before starting medical school, Hae Lin completed a fellowship at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, where she worked extensively on clinical ethics, informed consent, and patient understanding. This experience, combined with her previous work in communications, fostered an appreciation of the power of using patient narratives and experiences to explore ethical and social issues in medicine. She continues to remain engaged in bioethics as part of the Executive Board of the Bioethics Interest Group at Harvard and of Unconditional Publishing, a multimedia platform to elevate the stories of medical students and trainees living with health conditions, disabilities, and illnesses. Hae Lin’s other academic interests include public health and oncology.

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