• 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

  • Intrusion

    March 27, 2020 by

    Click, click. The medical record opens. Check vitals. Check labs. On the surface, just another day in the hospital. But…CORONAVIRUS. Another email. I walk to pre-round on my patient, as all interns do. “You can go home today.” His eyes fill with tears. “Thank you, for the great care you’ve given me.” We had treated… Read more

  • Primum non nocere

    March 22, 2020 by

    Hospital day 1: Mr. S, 84 year-old male with new diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia. Given the option of high-dose chemotherapy that is likely to cure him, he opts to pursue aggressive treatment rather than allowing his disease to run its natural course.  Hospital day 2: Mr. S, 84 year-old male with new diagnosis of… Read more

  • The “Non-talker”

    March 5, 2020 by

    “I’m going to have to keep sending you in for my tough non-talkers” she said. I had just come back from speaking to one of her patients: a 47-year-old woman with back pain, headaches, and Meniere’s disease who told me I reminded her of her son – mostly, I think, just because of the long… Read more

  • Capturing the Condition

    February 29, 2020 by

    Sorry I’m a little slow today, she murmured, eyes lifting as if seeking confirmation that the delayed pace was acceptable. Layla started down the hallway, returning for another follow-up: stubborn psoriasis, which claimed a manifestation with a stronger sense of aggression than I’d previewed during my 13 month stay at the practice. Layla was in… Read more

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