Tag Archives: medicine

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.

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The tattoo

During a late-night emergency room shift, I took care of a cranky but high-spirited woman with back pain. A CT scan revealed a new compression fracture, and despite my attempts to persuade her to stay pain management and physical therapy, … Continue reading

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Time to act: advocacy for medical professionals

Given the current political climate in the US and abroad, friends and I have been brainstorming ways that providers at all levels can continue to provide equal access to care and advocate for disadvantaged populations.Advocacy includes procedures, prescriptions, counseling, networking, … Continue reading

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Dialysis: a case study in medical ethics

When I was a medical student, I had a renal small-group leader who had practiced in the time before dialysis. He talked about what it was like to use this new technology. “It was life-changing, literally,” he said. “And hard work. We had … Continue reading

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How to be a good doctor: counseling your patients on abortion

In medical school, abortion counseling is not part of our education. Here is a life-changing moment, when a woman is most likely in shock, vulnerable, and in need of medical guidance, and we don’t learn how to present her options … Continue reading

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Dr. Smartphone

  The NYT had an interesting read about the use of technology in medicine. Given that we were required to buy iPads before coming to med school, I found it really relevant. (The iPad ended up being a glorified way to check … Continue reading

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Congratulations on your new baby–please don’t sue me

The Ob/Gyns who lectured me in medical school ALL mentioned malpractice or using clinical guidelines because you have to be able to justify yourself legally at some point in their lectures. All OB residents at the hospital were required to attend a … Continue reading

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