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New story: Matching Rings

One of my pieces was published in Pulse Magazine. It is about an experience I had with a young patient on the cancer wards. Click here to read Matching Rings. Advertisements

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How are babies made? And other questions about sex I have Googled as a medical student 

I was chatting with a patient (let’s call her Liv). Liv was a pleasant young woman who had just gotten married a few months ago. She came into the office for a complaint of indigestion. Like any good medical student, … Continue reading

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Yes Virigina, there is a gender-based income gap

As a future doctor, I reasonably expect to pay off my student debts in less than fifteen years. I expect to buy a house. I certainly think that I deserve the same compensation as any other person in my position–such … Continue reading

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Confused about code status? I’m not the only one

“If your heart stops working, or if you stop breathing, would you like resuscitative efforts like CPR or a breathing tube down your mouth?” This is how I ask about code status, that tricky, vaguely legal-sounding term that determines whether … Continue reading

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The paper-pusher doctor: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love doing paperwork

In 800 BCE, the Greek physician Zenobius wrote, “Despite my best efforts to document, I find myself plagued by the inaccuracies and omissions in the patient’s medical record.” … Ok, there is no Zenobius, but I can imagine that doctors … Continue reading

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You can’t sue for a better life

“I’m a lawyer with medical training,” the patient said matter-of-factly. “We will know if you do something wrong.” I met this man during my family medicine clerkship as a third year medical student. He was a 50-year old “lawyer” who … Continue reading

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Dr. Writer: the struggle to be two different people

I’ve wanted to be many things in my lifetime: a teacher, a grocery store cashier, a veterinarian, a biomedical engineer, a researcher, and a diplomat, were some of the memorable ones. The profession that encapsulates all these jobs, and the … Continue reading

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