In Honor of Karen: The Road to Palliative Care

The first palliative care "consult" I ever did was on my friend's mother.* The reason it's in quotes is that it is generally considered unethical for physicians to treat family members and friends... and that I actually was not yet a physician. My friend's mother was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme - a terribly aggressive,  virtually …

Continue reading In Honor of Karen: The Road to Palliative Care

Advertisements

Guest Post: Critical Moments

I'm thrilled to bring the first-ever guest post to The Growth Curve, written by my longtime friend and colleague. Pete Beaulieu, DO, MPH, is an intense and fascinating guy who, it turns out, is also a writer. I met this former Marine years ago in graduate school; we both earned an MPH at The Dartmouth …

Continue reading Guest Post: Critical Moments

Turn the Mirror on Yourself

I’m at a conference - a very exciting conference - on palliative care, which is the field of medicine that focuses on the quality of life for patients with life-limiting or -threatening illnesses, as well as that of their caregivers. Sitting in a huge hall of huge people with huge ideas, I can barely keep …

Continue reading Turn the Mirror on Yourself