A note to the patient who came to the emergency department alone

By: Zoe Cross, MD I didn’t know what was wrong with you, despite having asked you all my questions except the one I reserve for when you may have the answer I cannot:what do you think is wrong?you looked at me and said(quietly, steadily, simply)everythingand I couldn’t disagree. I could see there was a problem … More A note to the patient who came to the emergency department alone

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

Role Reversal

By Jake Whetzel, MD I think there were a lot of things that pointed me towards medicine initially. This included provider role models, family members with illness, and a love for understanding how the body functions and reacts to its environment. The most significant influence was a specific role model, my main primary care provider … More Role Reversal