ISMS 2022

This was my first time attending the International Street Medicine Symposium. I’ve been wanting to go since I first got involved in street medicine back in 2017. Overall it was a very inspiring and humbling experience. Being in the presence of all these amazing, compassionate people who are doing the work, for me highlighted how much more I could/ should be doing just based on the amount of work that needs to be done. From the talks throughout the conference there was a lot to think about and reflect on and it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what I learned. I wrote a lot of discombobulated notes in my journal since I was getting bombarded by ideas left and right and I need to organize them all into somewhat comprehensible thoughts.

I will say I have really missed actually working in the streets; working with the street team, talking to clients, listening to their stories.

There a ton of reflections from this experience that I will be hopefully fleshing out over the next week/ between my scheduled psychiatry clerkship programming (orientation is today).


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