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Finding Community, Identity, and Advocacy

Sean Iwamoto headshot My parents are originally from Hawaii but moved to Seattle before I was born. Growing up, I identified more as Japanese- and Chinese-American, but my mom and dad encouraged me to also embrace the melting-pot culture of Hawaii. As an adolescent, Boy Scouts became a significant part of my life with weekend adventures and continuing...
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A Tale of Testosterone

IrwigOrchid It is true… the names of my two cats are Andro and Gen. The effects of androgens on the brain as they relate to gender differences was one of the major reasons that led me to become fascinated with the field of endocrinology. Other reasons that led me to choose endocrinology as a career were...
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EVERYTHING in Medicine

Malabanan Headshot I am an endocrinologist. More specifically, I am an academic clinician with a long-standing interest in education. I am currently the endocrinology fellowship program director for the combined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Joslin Center program in Boston. My path to endocrinology was not direct but, in retrospect, there had been a thread winding through my...
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Search, Discover, Teach, Repeat

Boa My relationship with endocrinology actually started before I even knew what endocrinology was; in my family, I had many relatives with hormone-related problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. I can still remember asking my mother why she was taking medicine every day. She told me that it was for her thyroid since her...
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Why Endocrinology: A Serendipitous Choice!

Tannock 2013 My path to my beloved career was not straightforward, or as initially planned. In fact, many of my choices have been serendipitous. Starting in high school I realized that I was intrigued and fascinated by science, particularly biology. I went to McGill University for my undergraduate studies, and was fortunate enough to obtain a summer...
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It All Started with Calcium Metabolism

Baum, Howard approved 10-23-15_jpg When I applied to medical school, I thought I might be a neurologist or a pediatrician. As I moved through my clinical rotations at Johns Hopkins, however, I discovered that — at the time at least — therapeutic options in neurology were limited, and influencing the health of children often depended more on interactions with...