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Getting to Know Dr Fabiola Molina, Hospitalist

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Fabiola Molina, MD, MHS, is a practicing hospitalist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. An immigrant from Mexico, her experiences straddling 2 worlds, while attempting to navigate with her family the complicated safety-net system for health care in Texas, were key influences to her ardent focus on health equity.

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Fabiola Molina, MD, MHS, is a practicing hospitalist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. An immigrant from Mexico, she is the first in her family to go to college, during which she participated in PRIME (Programs in Medical Education) while attending medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. Her experiences straddling 2 worlds, while attempting to navigate with her family the complicated safety-net system for health care in Texas were key influences to her ardent focus on health equity.

“A lot of the mentors that I had—who had what from the outside look like these incredible careers that I wanted to model after—for a lot of them, the common thread was, “What's your why?” Whether it's personal experiences, whether it's experiences that people have had taking care of patients, I think going back to that in moments of uncertainty is what keeps you on the path and what will eventually help prevent some of that burnout that can creep in in such a challenging career,” she underscores. “Whatever that means for a young person, having their trusted network, having their why written in their journal, or however they want to keep the presence of mind for that is what I would recommend.”

We hope you enjoy getting to know Dr. Molina and uncovering the motivation behind her passion for health equity, her interests in helping underserved populations receive the care they need and deserve, and how her lived experiences were the jumping off point for her career in medicine.

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