• 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

  • Oral health isn’t my job, right?

    December 4, 2019 by

    University of Massachusetts University Hospital, Worcester, MA A patient who arrives at the hospital will be unable to proceed with surgery if her teeth are not healthy. This particular patient needed emergency surgery on one of his vital organs upon arrival and subsequent intensive follow-up care for which he needed to be hospitalized. Due to… Read more

  • Means of Access

    November 8, 2019 by

    I snapped a photo down the corridor as we were waiting for a physician in the Women’s Health Center. For the interpreter and me, it was our first sense of respite from an emotionally taxing day. The day prior, I observed an Arabic interpreter navigate outpatient clinics with seamless ease, with smiles and laughs abounding.… 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

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