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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Year One

It was not long into my first year of medical school that I realized that I needed to write. I needed a way to process all that I was learning and feeling, something to enjoy and something to anchor myself. By the time I graduated, I had composed a collection of essays related - some …

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