And why I need you to dream with me

Dr Martin Luther King Jr, I have a dream speech, hope for #zeroharm in healthcare
Dr Martin Luther King Jr, I have a dream speech, hope for #zeroharm in healthcare
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As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I could not let this day go without sharing my dream with you. His ‘I have a dream’ speech is remembered by many, inspires many, and will keep giving hopes to many to dream. His eloquent description of the dream is so powerful, courageous, and meaningful in so many ways.

I am not as famous as he is, as influential as he is, or as courageous as he is. All I dream is that you, I, loved ones, and everyone feel safe when we walk into a place where health and…


Open up to live and love.

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Breathing the air up on high in the sky,

My worries and agonies dissolve in the air with the wind.

Watching moving clouds at a distance as the closest I can be,

It feels as if I am closest to God.

Everything looks minuscule,

The tall buildings, cars, and ships,

Even the things that have been so big in my head and my heart,

My ego and pride,

Simply dissolve.

When I am about to forget about everything about life,

I remember that it is time to pull the string,

To come back to life,

To open up and connect…


Why referring healthcare employees to Employee Assitance Program (EAP) is not enough.

Healthcare workers in Covid-19 Era, provided by UN
Healthcare workers in Covid-19 Era, provided by UN
Frontline. Inspired by images of exhausted doctors and nurses. Image created by Kevin Kobsic. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives — help stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo by United Nations COVID-19 Response on Unsplash

“Heroes work here,” the sign by the entrance of my hospital says. After entering the hospital, I wash my hands, get my temperature checked, and grab my daily mask. I pray on my way to the pharmacy that I will do my best to keep myself and my patients safe for the day. Then I add my prayer to keep my family safe and together. As families spend more time together and in closer confines than before Covid-19, many families’ mental health is compromised, especially for healthcare workers.

As an Asian American healthcare worker and a caregiver, it is tough…


Why the argument on Comfort Women is a moral injury to all women

Comfort women with soldiers in World War 2
Comfort women with soldiers in World War 2
“Three Korean “comfort girls” (captured in Burma), photographed while being interrogated by Capt. Won Loy Chan (San Francisco, California), Tech. Sgt. Robert Honda (Hawaii) and Sgt. Hirabayashi (Seattle, Washington), all of the G-2 Myitkyina Task Force of the U.S. Army; photo dated August 14, 1944. (Source: U.S. National Archives, SC- 262580.)”

Here we go again. Recently, the argument around comfort women resurfaced due to an article written by a Harvard Professor of Mitsubishi Japanese Studies. He also wrote an op-ed for a Japanese website. His argument, backed by the eloquent writing skills as a professor, was that these young girls willingly signed up for brothels during World War II.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we should not tolerate misleading twists of history with credentials. Regardless of South Korea and Japan's political agenda, claiming these girls in their teens, some not even yet to be teens, signing up for prostitution without…


This pharmacist encourages you to give them a try.

Healthcare startups in digital health space that give us hope
Healthcare startups in digital health space that give us hope
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If anything good the year 2020 brought to us, it was the revealing lesson of how the US's healthcare system was in trouble at every possible measure. As a patient and safety advocate and a pharmacist, it was a heartbreaking year to watch patients and caregivers suffer through managing their health, not to mention everyone compromising their daily lives with risks of catching Covid-19.

I have a special heart for startups and entrepreneurs as I almost started a startup of pharmacist mediated caregiving solutions when I was in pharmacy school. I have learned about these 3 healthcare startups recently, and…


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You are extraordinary and unique. Let’s honor that!

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Wouldn’t we all agree everyone is different? Wouldn’t we also agree that we have all different stories? Then, why should I expect you to be an ordinary patient? You are unique and extraordinary. You have your own stories that no one else knows. So why should I treat you like I know? I think that is a good common ground to set with any interaction of healthcare.

As a pharmacist in an outpatient setting, I used to interact with patients every day. Patients bring all kinds of stories, nuances, lessons, and fun. …


Learn from my mistakes as a caregiver, minority patient and caregiver, Korean American, 3 tips on making medical decisions
Learn from my mistakes as a caregiver, minority patient and caregiver, Korean American, 3 tips on making medical decisions
One of the few pictures I have of my dad, soon after his diagnosis.

Making medical decisions as a patient or as a caregiver for a patient can be a daunting task. It is necessary, but you have little knowledge. You may have searched the internet for answers, but you may get lost even more with medical jargon. You hear things from families and friends, but the situation may not be exactly applicable to you. I will share my experience as a caregiver for my dad and tips on making medical decisions as a caregiver or a patient, so you don’t make the same mistakes. The experience was 13 years ago. …


…and the 4th R: doing the right thing together.

My patient safety walk in the summer of 2020 to support #uniteforsafecare

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~Maya Angelou

Have you ever felt you were at the right place at the right time with the right people (3 R’s)? You are lucky if you have had that experience. I often thought this was coincidental, and this could be. You have heard celebrity stories that he/she was cast by meeting someone important at random places.

However, I have come to realize many can be intentional. And having and feeling 3R is an unforgettable experience. I was lucky…

Soojin Jun, PharmD

Dreamer of empathetic and humble healthcare. Pharmacist who cannot stand drugs. Patient advocate for you. Want to talk? jun.soojin@gmail.com

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