Brianna Armour (@futuremdbri) Pre-Med, EMT

“…That day, my life completely changed. I found out the day before my 26th birthday that I did indeed have breast cancer. My life after that, I considered that pre-breast cancer and post-breast cancer now. That's how it divided my life. Then after that day, I became post-breast cancer diagnosis and I was forever changed.”

Zain Memon, DO (@CallMeZain), DO

“I was convinced that I wanted to do medicine because growing up, I saw my mother, she was a wife, she was a mother, she was a resident, and she was a cancer patient, unfortunately…”

Onur Yenigun (@dr.onury), MD

“I think the most challenging part of my job is the fear of failure. We spend so many years getting to this point, to be physicians, and people come to us and put their life in our hands. And it's sometimes terrifying, being scared that you're going to make a mistake because when we do, it can have real dire consequences, people can die.”

Jamin Brahmbhatt (@drjaminb), MD

“If you look at my background, I probably wasn't meant to be in urology. A lot of friends that I see now they're like "we would've never expected you to where you are at today" And that's because they didn't really know like, the fire that I have in me. I never showed it. I always joked around.”

Pamela Mehta (@dr.pamelamehta), MD

"My advice to women going into medicine or surgery is that you can absolutely do anything you put your mind to. You have every single skill set that a man does. I do think that we're still in a system where, as a woman, you do have to be almost close to perfect. You do have to be a little better than a man to gain the same amount of respect and opportunity that they do.”

Luis Derosa, (@thetraumaguy), Trauma Nurse

“...Abdominal wash out, what is that?" All of a sudden he goes to the bedside, all these other people start swarming the bedside and he starts pulling out intestines. And I'm there it's my first day in a hospital, and I almost passed out. I had to sit down, the nurse manager of the unit pat me on the back and she said, "I don't think this is for you." I went home that night. I told my parents I don't think the medical field is for me.”

Wali Khan, (@wali_khann), Trauma Nurse

"Male nursing... It almost makes you laugh because of all of the connotations that are associated with it, right? Let's just look at me for a second. Brown male. Male. Automatically, in the hospital setting, I am always, always mistaken for as a doctor, right? A large portion of the time, a large majority if you are from Pakistan, or if you're from India, and if you're from those regions, you're a doctor. That's just the cultural baggage that comes along.”

Gayana Chuklansev, (@ohitsgayana), ICU RN

"Being a female in the nursing community is definitely hard, because as nurses, there are not that many men as there are females. We take over the nursing field and it gets really difficult when you're working with other women, because instead of trying to empower one another, nurses have this old school attitude of "eat your young", so it's definitely really, really hard to be a new nurse in the new unit, or on a new unit, and try to prove yourself to the older nurses.”

Elizabeth Ibarra (@scrub_life_liz), APRN

“So I always knew that I wanted to be in the medical field. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. However, my path changed after seeing my aunt go through some difficult times. My aunt was diagnosed with a colon cancer at the young age of 30. I was 15 during that time, and it hit me really hard, because soon after her surgery, she actually ended up passing away.”