Two things: First, learn to think from the perspective of others. This should influence how you listen to others, communicate with others in your writing and presentations and the work you do for and with others each day. Understand what interests and motivates others (including your PI!) and find how your efforts and ideas can complement theirs. Your collaborations will be all the more rich and successful. Second, be willing to say “no!” Your time is valuable—not just to you, but to the world. It is not ok to flake, or to do poor work because you are overcommitted. So think carefully about what you can commit to, and communicate to your collaborators and mentors what you are available to do. Saying “no” to some opportunities is the best way to be able to say “yes” to the things that matter most to you—and to ensure you can succeed in those efforts.
Research Interests: Health disparities, creating a responsive health care system, doctor-patient communication, access to evidence-based therapies
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