My first NBC bylines and 15 minutes of fame

I’ve been working up a storm here at 30 Rockefeller center- NBC’s headquarters in Midtown, NYC. I do a lot of “vetting” medical studies- looking at the “embargoed” research that is going to come out in the next few weeks and help decide which ones might be “newsworthy” for the general public. But I’m also a sort of jack or all trades when it comes to medical research: I might be asked to write up a list of heart healthy foods, dispel some myths about concussions or summarize the current research on treating headaches.

bullyingBut I’ve also found some time to keep writing. I have a regular gig writing about healthy aging and palliative care for a Stanford website. I also have written two pieces so far for

In general it’s a lot like medical school. Mostly studying and research but with some moments of excitement mixed in. In med school we have something called “pimping” where a superior puts you on the spot and asks you a question in front of everyone while you are rounding on your patients. “Hayley, what are the reasons that we need to thin a patient’s blood with Heparin before just keeping them on Coumadin?” They might ask. It’s hardly surprising that I love it- I love having to think on my feet. Here it’s no different, except that the “attending physician” in this case might be NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and he might be asking you in front of the whole team whether or not something is new in the medical community or constitutes breaking news. But the thrill is essentially the same thing.

I also needed to share a project I had been working on last year with the University of Pennsylvania- and my good friends in the alumni office (shoutout to LSK)- it was a video created for the “Making History” Campaign and I was asked to represent the medical school. It was certainly a shock: do they know I’m the girl who lost her keys a grand total of 3 times year? Or the one who forgot her white coat on the first week of rotations? I’m also the girl who essentially subsisted on Trader Joe’s frozen edamame and trail mix while my classmates cooked gourmet dinners, raised puppies and ran marathons– but obviously an honor. Most importantly it was an honor to be featured alongside my mentor Dr. Kovarik. So here is a little sneak peak:


Let’s start from the beginning

Hello everyone. This marks my 3rd blog chronicling my international adventures and I couldn’t be more excited to start. You can read my previous Malawi and Botswana blogs.

Who am I? Let’s pretend for a minute that my mom isn’t the only one reading this blog. My name is Hayley and I just finished my third year of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

What am I up to this year? I am taking a year off between my third and fourth year of medical school. This time I am having a unique experience and (gasp) it won’t include an African country. I am honored to report that I have been selected as the 2013-2014 Stanford-NBC Global Health and Media fellow. This fellowship, open to all medical students/residents/physicians gives one person the opportunity to gain experience in the field of global health journalism. So what does that actually mean? It means that I get to hop all around the globe and do some fantastic things.

  1. Haiti:  starting my experience with a quick trip to Haiti to visit Hospital Bernard Mevs at the beginning of June.
  2. India: I will spend ~3 months (July-Sept) in New Delhi working for the WHO (World Health Organization) regional office (SEARO).
  3. Journalism School @ Stanford: (Sept-Jan)
  4. NBC:  (Jan-June): I will be working at NBC studio (30 Rock!) in NYC, embedded with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC.

Along the way I will be updating this blog with my experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly) and thoughts.