Life in 2020 as an LGBTQ+ medical student: Gaining experience and living with purpose through a pandemic and social change
For his first two years of medical school at the University of Minnesota, Mitchell Moe spent most of his time sitting through lectures day after day and studying hour and hour afterwards. Now this year is a pivotal one for Mitchell as he prepares to start his clinical rotations, gain hands-on experience, and see healthcare first-hand.
Pivotal, too, because of this moment in history, the larger environment surrounding his learning experience, and the forces that will influence his practice for the rest of his life. Mitchell is joining healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a period of social unrest and growing focus on equity and justice.
Although he is nervous for the next step, Mitchell sees this time as a unique and unparalleled opportunity for learning. His perspectives are shaped in part by growing up as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
“The pandemic has shown a spotlight on the various disparities and inequities in our society, better informing me of how I can advocate for future patients in addressing these issues,” said Mitchell.