By: Kristen Steiner All growing up, I knew being in the medical field was not my greater life calling. As a 26-year-old woman shots and needles still cause me to panic and pass out, I can’t watch war movies because the idea of body parts and blood is too much for me, and even visiting … More Behind the Scenes
By: Sara Walker, MD Even during medical school, there was always the running joke about getting kidney stones. With the frenetic pace of many rotations, it was always difficult to squeeze in bathroom time, and I suspect many of us adopted the same solution – drink less water. That is certainly how I survived my … More Drink Water. Kidney Stones Hurt.
By: Erika Sullivan, MD When I was a third-year medical student, I had a rotation on the far north side of Chicago, in Evanston, at a local community hospital delivering babies on the OB Ward. Because the arrangement with this hospital was a new one, and because the hours on the OB deck were quite … More The Importance of Failure
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
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
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