About The Waiting Room

In The Waiting Room was an initiative started by the Bridging Medicine organization at Emory University. As aspiring health professionals and concerned citizens, we recognize the hard work and advances that have been made by many in the healthcare and scientific research fields. Unfortunately, inequity and injustice still exist in these disciplines and these should have no home in careers that are meant to be rooted in empathy and humanity.

Through this project, we hope to factually discuss the disparities that plague healthcare and oppress communities, while also highlighting the achievements of trailblazers who continue to serve as beacons of hope for many. Furthermore, to drive lasting change, we have included resources on how to contribute to the conversation and make healthcare a more accessible reality for us all. 

Every Friday we will post an article, podcast, or interview addresses these aforementioned subjects. 

Thus, please be sure subscribe to our newsletter, follow our Facebook, or browse our Instagram to get notified of new posts.

And once again, welcome to the Waiting Room.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with you.

Meet The Team

Hello! I’m Vaidehi Kaushal, co-founder of Bridging Medicine at Emory as well as this site. I am an undergraduate senior majoring in Human Health at Emory. Mother Teresa said "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop". Therefore, our mission is to continually help individuals by sharing stories and inciting change.

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Hello! My name is Nabihah, and I am the co-founder of In The Waiting Room and the Bridging Medicine organization at Emory University. Through my studies and other activities, I hope to continue to advocate for communities that are particularly vulnerable to health inequities. There is a certain quote that used to adorn my high school walls and its veracity has survived the ages, "Ubi concordia, ibi victoria." Truly, where there is unity in medicine and science, there is victory for all.

Hello! I’m Emily, and I’m a senior pursuing a BA in psychology and BS in environmental sciences on the pre-med track. I’m excited to serve as the events chair for Bridging Medicine for the 2020-2021 school year, and spread awareness about local and international issues related to health and vulnerable populations. Interesting, thought-provoking events coming soon! Stay tuned!

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I am India and I am a Junior at Emory University studying Biology with a minor in Global Health. I am a part of Bridging Medicine at Emory, and I hope to focus my future work on targeting racial disparities in Global Health.

I'm Jenika Packiaraj, and I'm a junior at Emory University majoring in biology. I am the PR chair for Bridging Medicine at Emory. My future goal is to become a doctor who provides healthcare for vulnerable and underserved populations.

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Hello everyone! My name is Helena and I am a sophomore at Emory University studying Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. I joined Bridging Medicine @ Emory because I am passionate about ridding communities in Atlanta, and all over the world, of health inequity.

I’m Victoria and I’m a senior majoring in biology and minoring in art history. I’m proud to be a part of Bridging Medicine at Emory and to help promote our mission of humanitarianism and accessibility.