Author: Melissa Palma, MD

Melissa Palma, MD Melissa Palma, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency


Melissa Palma is an aesculapian advocate and resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA. Her writing reflects on the privileges and responsibilities we have as physicians to advance health equity for our patients and our communities. When not in the hospital, you can find her studying or reading non-fiction while nursing a taro boba tea.




A Day at 34 Haverhill Street Clinic: A Resident’s Education in Social Medicine at Community Health Centers

Ana sits on the exam table in front of me explaining how, in three short weeks, her mother will evict her from her childhood home. She is eight months pregnant and is studying night courses to become a paralegal. As her prenatal provider and primary care physician, I have been sending referrals to numerous community agencies in hopes of securing housing at the local YWCA.

Melissa Palma, MD Melissa Palma, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency


Melissa Palma is an aesculapian advocate and resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, MA. Her writing reflects on the privileges and responsibilities we have as physicians to advance health equity for our patients and our communities. When not in the hospital, you can find her studying or reading non-fiction while nursing a taro boba tea.