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Yoshiko Iwai

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Yoshiko is a medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. She received her B.S. in honors Neuroscience and B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During her time in college, she was an editor and writer for the The Michigan Daily where she began reporting on the arts and sciences, and their interstices. After college, she went on to receive her M.S. in Narrative Medicine and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York. She has written about medical education, health justice, and health humanities for academic journals including The Lancet, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Medical Ethics, and Academic Medicine, as well as media outlets like Scientific American. Yoshiko has taught creative writing at a correctional center and facilitated narrative medicine workshops for undergraduate pre-health students, medical students, and faculty physicians. Currently, she is a medical student at UNC Chapel Hill where her research is on carceral health, cancer disparities, and medical education. Yoshiko is the recipient of the MPOWER Financing Women in STEM Grand Prize, K.R. Edwards and A.L. Hobgood Jr. Merit Scholarship at UNC School of Medicine, Chair’s Fellowship at Columbia University Graduate Writing Program, Narrative Medicine Post-Graduate Fellowship from Columbia University's Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, among others.

Talk to Yoshiko if you have questions about gap year plans, financial aid at medical schools, personal statements, and cross-disciplinary interests!

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