• As a physician – Why write? Why reflect?

    August 20, 2019 by

    I am excited for this new writing forum at UMMS in the medium of a blog. Another chance for clinicians, students, employees, etc to reflect and write, to ponder and muse, to opine and challenge. Perhaps to go even further and explore or be vulnerable, to bear witness and to be freed. Why write?  I… Read more

  • As Long As We Communicate

    September 30, 2019 by

    During my first week of internal medicine on the university wards, I had the opportunity to help take care of Mrs. Q, a Mandarin-only speaking middle-aged woman. She was just transferred to our team from the ED, and most of the history taken was given by her husband using an iPad to translate. She had… Read more

  • Level Up

    September 11, 2019 by

    352. Is it thirteen days short of a calendar year? The reading on my blood sugar? The number of days until the anniversary of the diagnosis of my diabetes? 18 years, and counting. October 14th. Time paused as the fruity vapor leaving my dehydrated mouth uttered the clue that I was in for it. For… Read more

  • Foxglove Flower, Franconia, New Hampshire 2017

    September 6, 2019 by

    This flower is like some people. Plain and unassuming on the outside, but as soon as you look in you find a beautiful pattern that tells a story. I took this photo before starting medical school, but now after more than a year of learning the intricacies of human vulnerability, the flower has new meaning… Read more

  • Reflections on a Visit to Holland

    September 5, 2019 by

    When most people think of Holland they think of Dutch chocolate, wooden shoes, canals and dykes to redirect and reclaim land from the sea.  Growing up as a kid in NYC, Holland was very important in my life.  My parents surrounded me with various surrogate aunts, uncles and cousins that they referred to as “the… Read more

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