The Origins of TEDxNEOMED

Nupur Goel (M3) was in her first days of medical school when she noticed the need for constructive discourse and a “think tank" on NEOMED’s campus.

With the rise of gun violence and other acts of intolerance, she searched for ways to make a difference in her immediate community. As a seasoned public speaker, Nupur understood the importance of the spoken word and its ability to transform lives.

Upon discovering the TEDx platform, she worked to make her dream of a TEDxNEOMED event a reality. Nupur’s two-year vision of organizing her own TEDx event will be actualized on Saturday, Oct. 23. She leads a team of more than 20 medical students and is helping to prepare 12 speakers who will share the iconic red carpet.

She and her amazing team hope TEDxNEOMED provides an inclusive platform for the NEOMED community and inspires people to engage in discourse, share revolutionary ideas and work together to make tomorrow better for all future healthcare professionals.

What is a TEDx event?

A TEDx event features live TED-like talks and performances specific to a local community. Local communities can range from large academic institutions to a single neighborhood. While a TEDx event is in partnership with TED, the event is completely planned and orchestrated by local communities.

The first ever TEDxNEOMED event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 in Watanakunakorn Auditorium.

The theme of the event is “The Call to Heal: Healing Ourselves, Our Neighbors and Our World.” What does it mean to heal? How can we heal as individuals and as a community after the COVID-19 pandemic?

Twelve speakers will answer these questions as they discuss what healing means to them.

Our speakers include current medical students like M3 Mackenzie Wilson, who will discuss the toxic culture of medical education; physicians such as Dr. Kevin Dieter, who will share the lessons he has learned by caring for dying patients as a Palliative Care doctor; and Dr. John Langell, the president of NEOMED, who will speak on the theme.

Tickets are now available for both the in-person and virtual attendance of the event. Act soon as tickets are limited and selling fast!

If you would like to learn more about "TEDxNEOMED: The Call to Healing: Healing Ourselves, Our Neighbors, Our World," please visit or email Nupur at for more information.

Submitted by Nupur Goel (M3)

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