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The Family and Friends Test

I recently read a reflection by a Polish pathologist on Instagram. Roughly translated, she asked, “Does being a doctor make me a different kind of mother to my children… or am I a different kind of doctor now that I am a mother?” She noted that being a doctor made her more aware of the diseases her children might encounter – but that being a mother made her more aware of the people behind each diagnosis. “Now, looking at each patient’s details, I wonder if there is a daughter or granddaughter,” she wrote. “Or maybe it is a lonely father of two, or a newlywed husband.”

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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