S: Nichole Young-Lin, MD, MBA 2019
FC: Nichole Young-Lin, MD, MBA 2015-2019
1: Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Class of 2019
2: Lauren Harrington, MD | Elena Bryce, MD
3: Brindha Bavan, MD | Nicole Marjon, MD
31: Nichole Young-Lin, MD, MBA
54: From Shawn: First, I think anyone who spends time with Nichole knows that she is just FUN to hang out with! Here is one of my favorite photos from our first trip together to Greece: | (This is what Nichole looks like when her drink arrives)
55: Her fun nature holds true, regardless of work or play, for example: | She is always looking for new adventures, for example, visiting a goat farm for goat yoga!
56: One thing I love about Nichole is that she is fearless, which sometimes isn't appreciated by the authorities. The upshot is that her adventures often take her off the beaten path. She has traveled to over 70 countries at last count, and has had many unique experiences: | Here is a photo of Nichole in North Korea! Incidentally, the DPRK state assigned Nichole a full-time handler to escort her for the entire trip. | On a lighter note, this is Nichole about to pet a Whale shark! (They are sadly an endangered species and extremely rare to see)
57: I think it's clear that she's generally a badass. Here's Nichole on an ATV in Greece. No arrests yet, but we have paid SO MANY PARKING & TRAFFIC TICKETS!.
58: Of course, Nichole doesn't need to leave Palo Alto to get herself into trouble. Here is one of her night shifts when she hopped a wall and snuck onto the Stanford Hospital Helipad: | Their first words were "What are you doing? You are not supposed to be up here!" | Five minutes later, Nichole had sweet-talked her way into the cockpit.
59: Nichole and I got married at SF City Hall during her intern year. The photographer was our only witness.
60: After starving all morning and afternoon, we went straight to get our favorite meal, McDonald's chicken nuggets & fries. This photo might look like it could fit right into an ad campaign, but what is not obvious is that this was at the SUPER-SKETCHY McDonald's on Stanyan Street. It was referred to by the SF Chronicle as the "notorious McDonald’s at Haight and Stanyan streets, a fast-food outlet that for years has been better known for brawls and drug busts than its Big Macs" and was actually purchased by the city for $10M to shut down and convert into affordable housing.
61: Part of what makes Nichole so fun is that she doesn't take herself too seriously (at least outside of the OR!). She's just very silly.
62: At the end of the day, Nichole is a passionate, fierce, tireless advocate for women's health all over the world. The final photo is from her selective this past April, when she used her global connections to score a last-minute internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva. | Nichole is VERY excited to take her hard-earned training in the Stanford OB/GYN residency program and apply it to her true passion, which is helping promote the health, safety, and welfare of countless women around the world, especially in low-resource areas.
63: Dearest Nichole, a.k.a. My beyond-amazing wife, treasured best friend, and drumroll newly minted ATTENDING PHYSICIAN!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYYY!!!, First of all, it is not humanly possible to put into words how proud we are of you! Gummy and I just had to say that right off the bat. And not only proud—we are so deeply humbled and inspired by you. This predates Gummy, but I have such a vivid memory of the first graduation we attended before you started, and our first tour of the hospital, then, of course, the first night of your intern year. I have had a front-row seat to see how far you’ve come, how hard you have pushed yourself, and how much you’ve now learned. Thinking about all that, my first thought of what to write here was “WOW, HONEY!! YOU DID IT!!!” But, as your hubby and soon-to-be daughter, of course, we know you very well. We know your generous heart. So, naturally, our second thought was to picture you looking up from reading that first sentence and immediately say: “No! Honey we did it!!” I admit that I played a teeny tiny part in certain small things like the logistics like keeping our laundry clean, our bills paid, and of course, making sure you didn’t starve. And there was my biggest challenge of occasionally getting you to rest on your rare days off. But, above all, throughout this journey, I wanted to make you feel one thing: unconditional love. Honey, your love transformed my own life in ways that I could never have dreamed before we met. And despite the insane hours of residency (that’s right, anyone else reading this: insane!) you not once failed to make me feel loved, and that has given me immeasurable resilience and joy. And it fills my heart to see how much love you have already shown to our daughter. Let me get back to the earlier part, about how much you inspire us. Honey, you have this natural inner light that burns so intensely bright. I have never met someone with such a keen sense of justice or such an intense fighter for the downtrodden or the less fortunate. I know that you go out there every day with your fearless strength and passion, and do your very best for your patients, your co-residents, the nurses, and everyone else. And I know the love inside you fuels all this. Babe, you have spent four years perfecting your craft: mixing cement, laying bricks, and shaping windows, doors, and walls. Some days it was easy to lose sight of why you took up these challenges. But now it’s time to step back and remember what you were always going to do next: build cathedrals. Love always, Your hubby and little one
64: Nichole is a person who has a big heart to help and protect others. When she was in the elementary school, she voluntarily joined the school organized conflict management team to standup for those being bullied. Even she was hurt while protecting others, she never quit. She pursued her career in OB/GYN medicine and established “Saving Mothers” non-profit organization because she wanted to help women in the third world countries. She cares about her family members, friends, patients and everyone whether around her or not. She always put other people’s wellbeing before herself. Nichole is our pride and joy and we love her dearly. Love, Daddy and Mommy
67: To my best friend: Writing this letter isn’t an easy task. Words on a page can’t possibly convey how inspired I am by you and your journey over these last (goodness, gracious) 21 years. It makes me wish I could go back to that moment, when we first exchanged words in PE class — such an unassuming and unlikely place to make one of the most profound connections I’ll make in this life. I know I glimpsed a great friendship then, but your path since has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. I say this, thinking of how supernaturally confident and wise you were even when we were 15 (so much so, my parents and I talk about it to this day). I say this, remembering the conviction with which you chose medicine, and all those late nights eating dumplings in your New York kitchen as you worked your way through impossible problem sets — undeterred and relentlessly curious. I say this, remembering your smile in Guatemala as you gave so many women the confidence to advocate for themselves and the women around them. I say this, having seen you take on impossible challenge after challenge — founding a global nonprofit, getting your MBA alongside your MD, and so many more — every single time guided by your enormous heart and desire to do good for others (with truly unfathomable humility given your abilities). I’m so grateful for this chance to say things that don’t come up in everyday life. Because you must know that what you take for normal accomplishment has utterly transformed the world for other people. You’ve brought life into families. You’ve been a force of comfort and light in the toughest moments for total strangers who will remember you for the rest of their lives. But outside of your work as a doctor, you’ve also shown everyone around you — your friends, your classmates, the many people who’ve loved you and learned from you — how much is possible. That we can do things we might not have dared to dream. That what we’re able to do is only a matter of what we believe we can do. You’re living proof of this every single day for me and countless others — people who’ve gone on to touch the lives of countless more. I hope at this moment, after all these years, you give yourself the chance to stop and feel this. Speaking personally for a moment: without a doubt, your friendship is the most meaningful of my life. You’ll forever be my academic ally (to a gleefully unhealthy degree), the person I can’t wait to tell any little scrap of exciting news to, the one who gets me through the hard stuff (not only by listening, but by setting such a strong, graceful example), and the woman I aspire to be like more than anyone else (including Michelle Obama). You made it, my love. You made it. So much has happened, but it’s only the beginning, and I truly can’t wait to see everything that comes next. Cam
70: Class of 2020
72: Class of 2021
74: Class of 2022