Would you ever grab a stranger’s leg or arm without asking if it is okay with them first? Probably not. This is how seniors feel if you had just touched the handles of their wheelchair to move them. To them, this is analogous to someone touching their legs and to go ahead and just do […]
My name is Tasha, and I am a dental student at the University of Alberta. For my stretch, I have decided to work closer to home. As a dental student, I noticed that there is a lack of female mentorship due to the historical lack of women in the program. According to the ADEA, just […]
By KEREN LUMBALA EDMONTON, JUNE 15—Exactly 10 days out from D-Day. In a week and some change, I’ll be trading what I know as a first world resident for rural Kenya. It was in my second year of university that I learned about HIV/AIDS. I mean, I knew what HIV was before then, don’t get […]
When you hear hoofbeats, it isn’t always a horse.
Although there are over seven billion people on this planet, each person is incredibly unique. However, as different as we are from each other, almost all humans have an innate longing for connection. Many individuals need human relationships to meet their full potential. Nevertheless, when we label each other, especially as “in need”, or “vulnerable”, […]
“The worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life” “There’s nothing else that feels like it” “Ouchhhhhhhhh” You probably know of someone who currently has kidney stones or has had them before, so these cries of pain may sound pretty familiar. In fact, over half a million individuals go to the emergency room each year […]
Prelude: Stairway to Nowhere To kick off my stretch, I had the pleasure of working with an 8-year-old boy who has grown up with a rare form of cerebral palsy. There currently is no cure but stem cell therapy is introducing hope for a reversal of its symptoms. While working with him, I quickly realized […]