You can now even find a few of them in hospitals.

‘I interviewed Twinkie a few years ago. And she appeared very extreme at the time,’ Diaz stated. ‘But I actually experienced an individual who was nearly the same as Twinkie in another of my clinics. I feel like having that interview sort of under my belt in a lesser stress environment actually helped me connect to that patient.’ The students have to provide ‘Twinkie’ a devastating diagnosis – – that she’s HIV. And this make-believe encounter becomes all-too-real. Cathryn Haeffele, a second-year medical pupil at UCLA, stated of the conversation with ‘Twinkie,’ ‘It got to a spot where I experienced like, yes, like, you know, I am hearing this patient’s story, and we’re trying to figure out the next steps of care. It’s really empowering being able to have that experience moving forward in the next guidelines of my medical education.’ The actors leave feeling empowered as well.Mass public shootings are a especially horrific crime, and in a way they act as a shock to the operational system. People feel powerless and put themselves in the sneakers of the victim &#8212 often; ‘that might have been me.’ But what of the millions of innocent lives that are extinguished each year in America like one of Nero’s burning individual candles, the social people whose severed areas of the body and cells are being used for profit, and without consent.

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