White Coat Ceremony: Reflections from the Class of 2026

The White Coat Ceremony was initiated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993. A White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage now takes place at nearly all U.S. medical schools and schools in several other countries. The receipt of the white coat, a symbol of the medical profession, is a symbolic undertaking to … Continue reading White Coat Ceremony: Reflections from the Class of 2026

Mangia!

Mangia! Mangia! Growing up in an Italian household in New York, this was probably the first Italian word I ever learned. With this incantation, my great Aunt Frances would implore us to eat up at every meal. She wouldn't take no for an answer. Cooking for us was her love language. After we all dug … Continue reading Mangia!

Softball

This story is based on a clinical experience. Names and other details have been changed to protect the identities of the patient and family. The patient consented to the essay being submitted in its current form. The surgery went into extra innings. The tumor was the size of a softball, and it had invaded into … Continue reading Softball

The Bed Alarm

In three robotic chirps, the bed alarm responds,To a one-sided conversation going nowhere.“Please don’t get up, your son isn’t there!”In three robotic chirps, the bed alarm responds.They are taken out of bed, placed in a chairEyed watchfully across from the nurses’ station, lest they abscond.In three robotic chirps, the bed alarm responds,To a one-sided conversation … Continue reading The Bed Alarm