I began blogging at the start of medical school, hoping to capture thoughts and experiences as I make the transition from student to physician. My work has been published by the Los Angeles Times and the Hastings Center, and I made radio appearances on CBC’s documentary series White Coat, Black Art. Prior to joining PLoS, I was a network blogger for Medscape’s The Differential, a forum for medical students and residents. I regularly write for KevinMD, one of the most subscribed to health blogs.
Before becoming a full-time study machine, I tried my hand at science journalism and creative writing. I worked at the Los Angeles Times as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow and at Discover. I wrote for and edited various college and medical school publications.
I’m also a sucker for medical ethics and policy, and have conducted research on personalized medicine at the Hastings Center and on palliative care at Harvard. I was a guest editor of the AMA’s online ethics journal, Virtual Mentor, and was one of my school’s AMA chapter leaders. I received my B.S. in molecular biology at Yale, but I glutted with social science and humanities courses whenever possible.
Exchanging words with strangers and non-strangers makes me happy: shara [dot] yurkiewicz [at] gmail [dot] com. Less taxing forms of communication are encouraged too: I’m on Twitter as @sharayurkiewicz and my website can be found here.