Ugly

I'm pleased to share an essay, Ugly, that is currently in the in-House (an online magazine for medical residents and fellows) Social Medicine theme issue. I wrote it way back in med school and have by turns mulled it over, completely restructured it, and ignored it for various periods of time over the past eight years. …

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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 …

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Orange for Good Luck

Seven years ago, my poem about an orange dress won Honorable Mention in the annual William Carlos Williams Poetry Contest for medical students organized by the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. (It also closes out my poetry chapbook, Tools for Survival.) I distinctly remember writing it; it was one of those poems that just …

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