Family Medicine

Ari Pence, MD Ari Pence, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University


Ari Pence is a second year Family Medicine resident at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She earned her MD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to medical school she worked at the University of Illinois as an instructor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences teaching courses on the socioeconomic determinants of healthcare, as well as a lab coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience with a focus on the effects of exercise, nutrition and injury on memory and cognition across the human lifespan. She is passionate about the intersections of women's health, mental illness and integrative medicine in the primary care setting, and providing holistic, person-focused care to the most vulnerable and underserved patients.




The Sweet and Sour of Intern Year

Of all the fulfilling and purposeful vocations to pursue, we’ve ended up trying to find our footing in the vast and ever-changing maze of medicine. Propelled by some combination of privilege, perseverance, and circumstance, we became doctors — many of us with the noble drive to heal and support other humans through the physical and spiritual struggles of life.

Two Oceans: Rape Culture in Medicine

The sky angry. The waters murky. The fear that at any moment a sudden undertow may drag you deeper into violent waters. A creature brushes your leg, friend or foe unknown. You become paralyzed by fear, anxiety and hypervigilance. You hear someone shouting to you from somewhere far into the distance, “Get out of the water!” But you cannot see the shore. Women live in a world of fear.

Reproductive Rights of Incarcerated Women

The recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court raises concern about the future of reproductive health, particularly access to abortion and affordable contraception. Although his impact on reproductive rights is to be determined, those who will be disproportionately impacted by further compromise of reproductive rights will always be the most vulnerable women among us. This includes the uninsured, poor, and incarcerated.

How Physicians Can Fight Mass Incarceration: Focusing On The Youth

A quiet, frail, emaciated gentleman in his 60s who was dying of cancer. What made him different was that he was shackled to the bed, one arm and one leg bound to the bed of a barren room, lit only by the pale blue light from the window that cast the silhouette of bars on the floor. This was the prison unit.

Kate Bock, MD Kate Bock, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital


Kate Bock is a family medicine intern in Hinsdale, Illinois. A native of a little town of a thousand people out in the cornfields of Illinois, she graduated from Northwestern with a creative writing degree and completed medical school at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. On the rare occasion that she has an empty Sunday night, she can be found performing her poetry at The Green Mill. Her fiction can be found at inmedicalres.tumblr.com