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Rebecca J Hogue BSc, MA, PhD Candidate Rebecca J Hogue BSc, MA, PhD Candidate (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Ottawa, Canada


Rebecca J. Hogue (Becky) is a prolific blogger, currently sharing her lived experience as a breast cancer survivor (BCBecky.com) as well as her academic and teaching experiences (RJH.goingeast.ca). In addition, she and her husband have a travel blog describing their 16-month journey around the world without airplanes (GoingEast.ca). She is pursuing a PhD in health professions education from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and is an Associated Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her research and innovation interests are in the areas of ePatient storytelling (pathography), blogging, and the development of ePatient health literacy. Rebecca currently resides in Sunnyvale, California.




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.

Disparity in Medicine: A Reflection by a Minority Physician and Neonatologist

I was one of only eight African-American students in my medical school class of 214, and now I am a part of the less than four percent of African-American physicians in this country. My personal and professional experiences have further invigorated my passionate interest in public health and to explore effective strategies to reduce health disparities for minority populations in the United States.

The Paradox of Medical Triumphs

As we discharge another patient from the intensive care unit, we celebrate a job well done. “Can you believe how far she’s come in the past few weeks?” or “I didn’t think he would be able to go home so soon.” With the use of modern technological advancements, we are able to bypass the heart and lungs of patients, and push the limits of life to as early as 22 weeks gestation.

Mark Kaeppler, MD Mark Kaeppler, MD (1 Posts)

Fellow Physician Contributing Writer

Medical College of Wisconsin


Dr. Mark Kaeppler is a cardiology fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin.