Where is Home?: A Discussion with Zed Zha


When Zed Zha came to the United States for her education, she faced barriers to medical school admission and financial aid, and to establishing a sense of belonging. Then unexpectedly, she found the feeling of “home” in rural New Hampshire. Dr. Zha joins us to share her blog post Where is Home? and to take us through her journey to her life now as a doctor in rural America, focused on underserved patients.

Our guest is: Dr. Zed Zha, who is a writer and a family doctor, a feminist and a fierce patient advocate. Her current work-in-progress is a non-fiction book project on medical misogyny. Dr. Zha is a board-certified family physician. She graduated from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she received the Gold Humanism Honor Society Award and the John F. Radebaugh Community Service Award. She completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic - La Crosse Family Medicine Residency, where she was the recipient of the Residency Research Award. Zed practiced full-scope primary care with obstetrics and hospital medicine in rural Washington state from 2019-2022, where she served as her organization’s COVID-19 Task Force Physician Lead. Currently, she is completing her fellowship in Underserved Dermatology.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, the creator of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in history, which she uses to explore what stories we tell and what happens to those we never tell.

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Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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