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Body of Work

17, his last Well Child Check He is off to college majoring in creative writing It has been an outlet for him, an aspiring author On physical exam I notice a new tattoo, a book on his left calf His favorite work by Whitman, “I sing the body electric” I wish him good luck  27, … Continue reading Body of Work

The Power of Presence

“John” was one of our regular patients on the Oncology-Bone Marrow Transplant unit where I worked as a patient care technician. He was a complicated man who had a difficult life and suffered from a lot of pain and immobility related to his cancer. Because of this, he could sometimes be labeled “temperamental” or “difficult … Continue reading The Power of Presence

26 Miles, Three Questions

– Kim Winiker Kim Winiker is a fourth year medical student at UMass Med applying to Medicine/Pediatrics. He is interested in global health and primary care. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, travel, and exploring local restaurants. He shared this piece at MedMoth in October 2020.

Lessons from RBG

We live in a time of great conflict and controversy. Passions are high on every side of every issue. Consensus is near impossible under these current conditions. We have heard a lot about the dying wishes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg wanting to have her replacement picked after the 11/3 election. Of course, I would love … Continue reading Lessons from RBG

Not Just Another “Annual Exam”

Nurse and Client Views of an Encounter Well-woman check-ups, also known as annual examinations, offer advance practice nurses an opportunity to assess health and promote wellness of women across the lifespan. Although regarded as a “routine” office visit by some, the following story of an encounter at an annual exam demonstrates the importance of these … Continue reading Not Just Another “Annual Exam”


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