Julia Sann ’09
“Give voice to others by listening.”
“One of my favorite things about pediatrics is the ability to give all children a voice in their own care. Whether children are 4 or 16, I look to them first to offer an opinion on why they’ve come to the doctor or how they’re feeling, both emotionally and physically.
“When I started at Kent Place, in ninth grade, I was constantly reminded that my voice was valued. This gave me the confidence to express my opinions, concerns, and ideas. I’ve learned that it’s never too early to start that relationship with patients; even 2-year-olds have something to say.
“Whether it’s allowing an 11-year-old girl to come up with her own strategy for dealing with a bully at school while brainstorming ideas to make the classroom a kinder place, or compromising on a healthier diet with a 6-year-old boy, a short conversation can empower a child to make decisions about her or his own health. If just one of my patients feels more inclined to speak out in other settings because of our dialogue, then I’ve succeeded.
“Not everyone has the opportunity to attend Kent Place, but as alumnae, parents, current students or prospective families, we can give voices to those younger and more vulnerable by listening. I feel privileged to be able to do just that.”