Mary Fessler, BA
University of Michigan Medical School
Molly Fessler is a rising fourth-year student at the University of Michigan Medical School. She studied sociology and peace studies at Bryn Mawr College before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize from 2014 to 2016. Ms. Fessler is the Co-founder of Auxocardia Journal, a creative space for health professional students, and serves on the board of Wolverine Street Medicine, leading foot care efforts for persons experiencing homelessness. She is a 2022-2023 Albert Schweitzer Fellow in the Detroit cohort and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her academic interests include health disparities, care for underserved populations, and medical humanities.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The word ‘auxocardia,’ is defined as “enlargement of the heart, either by hypertrophy or dilation” ( At Auxocardia Journal, we like to broaden that definition of heart expansion to also include, ‘the process of becoming a healthcare provider.’ Auxocardia Journal ( was founded in 2020 as a collaborative, community space for learners in the health professions to share their reflections on the process of becoming a healthcare provider. Publishing biannually, in May and November, we seek to provide a forum for students to express themselves creatively and…