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Women in Medicine: Kayli Cover, MS

During September, we proudly feature trainees in our department for Women in Medicine Month!

What is your work focused on?

My work focuses on the intersection of trauma and substance use disorders. I am interested in the ways that our social systems and group behavior lead to various coping strategies. I am passionate about changing public discourse around substance use as an individual moral failing and adding in the real-life complexity that individuals face.

What is the most fulfilling part of your work?

The people! I feel so grateful to have a front-row seat to the best of humanity. In my work, I get to bear witness to growth, discovery, connection, and so much more. I feel incredibly humbled to have the trust of those that have shared their story with me.

What advice would you give others who are considering embarking on a career in medicine?

Be kind to yourself. There is no way that you will be able to do every internship, lab, volunteer opportunity, etc--try to make sure that you have the bandwidth to take things on and don't worry too much about what others are doing.

Remind yourself often of your "why", that will be your strongest light when things feel tough. Lean on your friends and keep in contact with mentors.

Kayli Cover, MS

Women in Medicine

We asked some of the #StanfordWIM in our department to share their stories - why they pursued a career in medicine, what their work focuses on, what the most fulfilling parts of their work are, and what advice they would give others starting in the field. Hear what they have to say!