Good Grief

By: Marlana Li, MD I learned how best to define “grief” during my time as a hospice volunteer in college. I had wondered how to succinctly describe that “pit in your stomach,” “weight on your back”, “heaviness of heart,” etc. that people experienced after significant loss or disappointment. During my volunteer training, I became familiar … More Good Grief

Self Identity

By: Kara Frame, MD I am a mother. A wife. A daughter. A sister. A friend. I am a doctor. I am a runner.  Just like everyone, there are many pieces to my core identity. These are the traits that encompass the fixed view I hold of myself.  These ring true for me, even when … More Self Identity

Keeping Watch

By: Rebecca Curran, MD, PhD Minor demographic and medical details have been changed to protect patient privacy. It is my third year of medical school, my first year seeing actual patients, and I am being handed my “list” for the day. “We’re giving you Mira, a 6-year-old Serbian girl, bad cancer, kind of complicated.” “Kind … More Keeping Watch

Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

To clarify the intentionally click-bait title (and also rivetingly poetic phrase by the distinguished lyricist/rapper Big Daddy Kane): the definition of pimping in the medical field is different than the colloquial usage by artists like Jay-Z, Snoop, and Kendrick Lamar. Although most people are aware of pimping in the vernacular language (which will not be … More Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy