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Reeya Verma

Communication Skills Coach

Honors & Recognition
  • Toastmasters International Competent Leadership Award

  • Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Award

  • 1st Place at the Augusta Toastmasters Chapter Speaking Contest

  • 3rd place at Annual IACA Public Speaking Contest

  • Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award

  • John's Award of Excellence


Yet another essential part of her as a student is the sciences and how they interact with the humanities. She joins Connections in Narrative Medicine group sessions at Columbia University to study and discuss literary works and media with professors, doctors, patients, and students alike. Moved by differing perspectives on literature, she realized how medicine also relies on the ability to empathize without having lived through that illness's experience. She positively influences others by interning at the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative to create media posts and manage communication, allowing her to recognize and empower neglected patients and communities due to the broken, profit-driven healthcare system.

She recently conducted an impactful research project on Covid-19 and women's health as women are both overrepresented in fields that have close contact with Covid-19 and underrepresented in research. She discovered how different medical conditions can exist between groups and, most importantly, developed a commitment to health equity. Because she believes science without humanities is progress without ethics, Reeya plans to study how larger socio-political power structures can marginalize specific stories and privilege others as an aspiring physician who seeks to embrace everyone's story worth sharing. As a core principle of hers, Reeya encourages to cultivate inquiry of and acknowledge the overlaps in our world, not shy from them.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting theme parks and finding new vegetarian recipes from around the world to try out. She invests in herself by constantly staying up-to-date on interdisciplinary fields, from reading articles in Orion Magazine to watching lectures at the Radcliffe Institute. However, her most meaningful experiences are having moving conversations on life experiences, perspective shifts, and how we mature.

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