US News Article on Joint Medical/Journalism Programs


It has been a whirlwind month for me, and I am happy to say that this is my first post from New York City! I just moved into my new apartment three days ago and started work at NBC News yesterday. I will write a more comprehensive update about NBC News later, as I get more plugged into the network and take on independent projects of my own. Right now it has been a lot of settling in and getting organized and familiarized with programs and the location. I can say, though, that my team is great! I am working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, her two producers (one for Nightly News and one for the Today Show), and her research assistant who has been very helpful in getting me started these past few days.

I wanted to use this post to share a story published on December 14 on USNews about joint journalism/medicine programs. The author, Menachem Werner, had contacted me and Dr. Michele Barry about this fellowship to ask questions, and he ended up using a quote from my blog to start off the article. I think the article does a good job of examining the pros and cons of a joint program from the point of views of a doctor turned reporter and a reporter wanting to do a health beat. Personally, I can say that as someone who does want to practice medicine at some point in the future, I think receiving journalism and communications training has been very beneficial. Learning how to put medical jargon into easy-to-understand language will be advantageous for future communication with my patients and the rest of the public about medical and global health issues.

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