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This May Hurt a Bit

This May Hurt a Bit

The intuitions, insights, and growing pains of a medical student

Shara Yurkiewicz is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School who began blogging to capture thoughts and experiences as she makes the transition from student to physician. Her work has been published by the Los Angeles Times, Discover, the Hastings Center, and various anthologies, including The Best Science Writing Online 2012 and 2013. She has made radio appearances on CBC's documentary series White Coat, Black Art. Prior to joining Scientific American, Shara was a network blogger for the Public Library of Science and Medscape, with her writing also appearing on KevinMD. Her previous blog can be found here.

Shara graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.S. in biology, where she conducted bench research and wrote for various publications, including the Yale Scientific Magazine. Following graduation, she worked at the Los Angeles Times as an AAAS Mass Media Fellow.

Shara is interested in medical ethics and has served as guest editor for the American Medical Association's ethics journal Virtual Mentor. She has conducted ethics research at Harvard, Yale, and the Hastings Center.

Shara welcomes comments on her blog, via email at, or on Twitter at @sharayurkiewicz.

Special thanks to Mary Seerveld for creating this blog's banner. Mary is an artist whose current focus is web development but who still makes time for her first love, illustration. She is attending San Jose State University earning her degree in Graphic Design. Her portfolio can be found here.

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