Ep 81- “Strive to Fail with Dr. Calvin Sun”
In today’s episode, you will meet Calvin D. Sun, MD. He is currently a practicing Attending Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, a public speaker, phoblographer, activist, choreographer, and entrepreneur based in NYC.
Graduating from Columbia University and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine respectively as Vice President and President of his classes, Dr. Sun was also a host on MTVu’s hit show “The Freshmen '' for 4 years and an award-winning independent filmmaker. He is known for his films on Asian American stereotypes and female body image, the last of which won the inaugural One to Watch Audience Award at the 2007 Asian American International Film Festival. His work on Asian American body image has been published in various articles and books, including The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia.
He afterwards served as President of the Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA) having overseen the largest growth of the organization during its 12 year history, as well as Director of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the oldest and largest ethnic-interest collegiate organization in the country. After 10 years of service on ECAASU, he has the distinction of being the longest serving member in its 40 year history.
Calvin is also the Founder & CEO of The Monsoon Diaries: a blog-turned-travel community that has taken hundreds of readers to 190+ countries and territories in the past 10 years including North Korea, Nauru, Iraq, and Antarctica. The Monsoon Diaries has since been featured on BBC News, ABC News, MSNBC, TED, National Geographic, and USA Today.
He completed his residency training at Jacobi Medical Center in 2018 where he served as the Director of Resident Wellness. Calvin now practices as an attending physician at multiple underserved emergency departments and large-scale events around the country, including having been designated as the supervising medical captain at the finish line of the annual NYC Marathon.
Calvin has been most recently notable for his first-hand reporting on the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in New York City emergency rooms. Finally, he has been a prolific nationwide public speaker since 2008, and continues to be one of the most active Public Speakers in the Asian American speaking circuit.
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