The piece below was originally written for the New England Journal of Medicine’s 2021 Fiction Contest and has since been edited as it is auto-biographical, discussing my hospitalization as a teenager. Navigating the academic field of psychology as someone with and surrounded by those with mental health issues, I was…


Everyone’s journey into photography plays out differently. Maybe scrolling through Instagram spiked your curiosity and you began with your phone. Or maybe you dove straight in and bought a DSLR. Regardless of where you begin, the initial exploration stages are full of hard learned lessons and growth. Recently, restrictions have…


I’m writing this partially as a self-reflection and in hopes that something I say here helps someone else. I’m currently navigating the post-acute Covid strangeness and I realized that I’m better able to cope with it because of what I’ve gone through previously with post-concussive syndrome.

I’m currently over five…


Regardless of where you are in your PhD journey, I hope this article gives you some ideas on how to organize your work, reflect upon your progress, and finish strong. Personally, I was engaged in a joint-doctorate program in the EU for a little over three years. When I started…


Taken from a Twitter thread created upon my return to the US after three years abroad, this re-organized polished ridiculous list was my way of managing the reverse culture-shock of returning home. While it is in no means comprehensive, I think it provides a different viewpoint on the mainstays of…


To be a public health professional, one must be an unrelenting optimist. Public health interventions are subject to the political, physical and social environments in which they operate. Success is slow due to tenuous political climates, industry interference, anti-paternalistic views, and an overall lack of funding. Making lasting changes in…


Enticed by a free year of Adobe Lightroom and armed with years worth of photographs from my travels, I started submitting photos to Adobe Stock at the end of 2019. While I had taken photos for years, in hindsight, I didn’t have much of a clue about what I was…


In addition to the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, misinformation, fear, and sensationalism is spreading simultaneously in a global infodemic (1). By nature, science is rapidly evolving and full of contradictions. As scientists, we understand this fundamental truth, however, a 2019 survey conducted by the PEW Research Center found…

Melissa Sharp

Epidemiologist specialized in meta-research. American in Europe. Photographer and Embroiderer on the side.

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