How to Comfort

The text message arrived late on a Saturday night: our patient had died. It was the on-call fellow letting the rest of the team know that her passing had been peaceful and beautiful. The news was expected; the only question had been on which of a handful of days it would occur. The message flashed …

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Oopses, Gaffes, and Other Opportunities for Learning: A Guide for July

July 1 is upon us again: that New Year celebrated only by those in the medical field. When medical students begin as doctors, interns become residents, residents become fellows, and basically everyone in every position is one year less experienced at it than the person who held that position the day before. This July 1 …

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The Soundtrack to Sadness

Four hours earlier, tears had crept down my cheeks as I put my sons to bed and went about the mundane tasks awaiting my attention. Tears of frustration, confusion, grief, tears for having snapped at my children, for having come up short in the ways I wanted to parent and communicate, for the rough spots …

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