Paging Sabrina Karim!

From Peer Navigators to Medical Students, Becca Burns and Sabrina Karim
From Peer Navigators to Medical Students, Becca Burns and Sabrina Karim

Having spent the last two years at Tufts Medical Center, Peer Navigator Sabrina Karim departs this month to pursue medical school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to cultivating a strong bond between herself and our patients, Sabrina has played an integral role in developing a relationship with the local Wang YMCA which offers the LIVESTRONG Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors.

Highlights of her time at Tufts Medical Center include presenting on key issues facing Patient Navigators at the AVON Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Forum last year, representing the AYA Program at the 6th Annual Patient Navigator and Community Health Worker Conference and being selected by the AVON Foundation as the face of Patient Navigators for their latest campaign.

We asked Sabrina to reflect on her time with the AYA Program:

While I’m looking forward to returning to school, it’s been a bittersweet few months for me as I prepare to leave. The AYA team has taught me so much. Drs. Parsons, Linendoll and Barthel have shown me how far open and compassionate ears and hearts can go. In the same vein, my fellow Peer Navigators have shown me that there are myriad ways to connect with our patients, whether that’s in the clinic while making a pact to lay off of caffeine, or over ice cream discussing the World Cup. And with all the collaboration that our unique clinic model gives rise to, being a part of this special team has reminded me that the whole is undoubtedly greater than the sum of its parts.

Our patients have also decidedly been a source of inspiration, often demonstrating to me the power of hope. In spite of tough diagnoses and complicated courses of follow-up, our patients have shown us what it means to survive and move forward – for some, in school, in their vocations, in their personal lives — with vigor!

I’ll miss all the moments of connection I experienced while on the team, whether it was with a patient, a provider, a fellow navigator or colleagues in the hospital. It’s been a wonderful experience being in the warm and welcoming Tufts MC family.

Thanks, Sabrina, for all your hard work and fun times over the past two years.

Please join us in wishing Sabrina, Good Luck!

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