Family Medicine

Moazzum Bajwa, MD, MPH (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Riverside University Health System


Moazzum is a family medicine resident and public health nerd at Riverside University Health System in California. A former middle school teacher and forever Tar Heel, he leads local initiatives in community health development and physician wellness. He enjoys national parks, spoken word, and attempting to surf.




From Transphobia to Charlottesville: The Health Impact of the Tweeter-in-Chief

On July 26, President Donald Trump released another polemic tweet informing the public that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military,” citing the “tremendous medical costs” that transgender individuals pose to the health system.

Restricted Movement and Health in Palestine

I knew what was coming before it happened. She was looking up at the ring of white coats encircling her hospital bed, eyes darting from side to side to follow the sequence of their voices when suddenly, her lower lip began to quiver. And with her quivering lip, her breaths came faster and she sucked in deep gulps of air between her pleading questions. But soon the pack was headed on to the next patient on rounds. She was left alone, and the tears rolled freely.

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.