“Define the Limit: Assessing Physician Perspective
on the Social Authority of Medicine”
Tell us about your Rudin experience.
My project explored the intersection of health prevention and stigma. I sought to find out how clinicians decide how far to go when preventing illness requires behavior change.
Who was your mentor? Dr. Kathleen Bachynski
What was your topic? Specifically, I used pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a paradigm that merges biomedical intervention, behavior change, and illness prevention in the highly stigmatized historical context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the medical marginalization of sexual and gender minorities.
What was the research experience like?
I conducted focused interviews with experts in HIV/AIDS and PrEP from across a range of disciplines including physicians, legal experts, community advocates, and public health officials.
How did the Fellowship impact your role as a physician and a writer?
The Fellowship challenged me to explore a new writing style that was a departure from the strictly scientific approach I am used to from my public health and biomedical research experiences. It gave me a platform to reflect on my development in approaching my topic throughout my medical training.
What publications and professional invitations came out of it?
A personal narrative is currently under revision at JAMA Ethics, and I hope to publish an Op-Ed elsewhere later.
What are you working on currently?
Revising my personal narrative manuscript and preparing my opinion editorial for resubmission.