Inappropriate Behavior by Patients and Their Families—Call It Out

Originally posted on JAMA Network, November 2018. To read the full article and more, click HERE. By: Amy Nicole Cowan, MD, MS1,2 Recently, I was the hospital attending physician on service when the team admitted an elderly patient. Despite the obvious end-of-life status, the family wanted everything done to keep the patient alive. They made … More Inappropriate Behavior by Patients and Their Families—Call It Out

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

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

Stu

By: Peter V. Sundwall Jr. Every small community has a unique but similar cast of characters. Our small Southern Utah town was no different. From a young boy’s perspective, the cops and docs were feared but cautiously idolized, the mayor was respected, the athletic coaches were immortalized, and of course, we had the homeless man … More Stu