Hi – a sweet, sweet reader from New Zealand recently reached out and asked if this blog is totally defunct (which it has been…) and I thought that I should corral essays that I’ve published elsewhere into some kind of Archives page. I’ve been posting reflections at all sorts of different outlets, but I’ll start using this site as a home base and post links here.
– The High Drama of Residency Match Day, Huffington Post, March 2015 – here I take a look at this pivotal moment in a medical student’s life, and muse on the strange emotional drama of it all.
– Practicing Narrative Medicine, Scientific American Blogs, Nov 2014 – this is an essay where I mused on the inherent tensions of being a writer and storyteller in medicine.
– When Disease is Stained by Fate, Huffington Post, Oct 2014 – a reflection on patients who view illness as a consequence of fate.
– As Her Scalp Grew Thin, Her Soul Grew Heavy, Huffington Post, Aug 2014 – Many folks don’t think of hair loss as a serious illness, but it’s something that carries a significant emotional burden.
– Pain, Pain, the Insistence of Pain, Huffington Post, Aug 2014 – a more abstract essay and compilation on various perspectives on the range of human pain.
– ‘She Wasn’t Her Tumor‘, Huffington Post, Aug 2014 – This is a portrait of a female patient who fought against her stereotypes and labels, and insisted on an identity separate from her disease.
– The Doctor Who Remembers, or Doesn’t, Huffington Post, July 2014 – When physicians forget their old patients, does that make them bad at the core elements of their profession?
– The Divergent Languages of Business and Medicine, KevinMD, July 2014 – how we speak about our mission and values as members of these different tracks is important to understand as a first step to bridging the gap.
– When Physicians Relate to Some Patients, but Not All, Scientific American Blogs, Jan 2014 – what are the consequences of physicians picking their favorites within a patient panel?
– The First Pass Effect, Scientific American Blogs, July 2013 – here I reflect on rotating through the family planning clinic at a Boston-area hospital, and how that influenced my decision to remain pro-choice.
– All I Really Want to Do is Sleep, Scientific American Blogs, May 2013 – what happens when someone publicly states their desire to end their life on the internet?
– A Vignette from Psychiatry, Scientific American Blogs, April 2013 – this is a portrait of a sweet, young girl struggling with suicidal tendencies that I met on my psychiatry rotation during third year of medical school.
– The Economy of Surgery, Scientific American Blogs, Nov 2012 – a reflection on how everything is lean on the surgical wards of a hospital.
– Pressing Pause in Alaska, Scientific American Blogs, Sept 2012 – an unlikely choice for SciAm blogs, but this is a meditation on the relativity of time and experience as experienced at one of the far-flung frontiers of our world.
– Step One: A Medical School Pivot Point, Scientific American Blogs, April 2012 – this is a portrait of medical students taking a particular standardized exam at the end of their second year, one with outsized consequences for their careers.
– The Unspoken Assumption that Doctors are Well, KevinMD, Nov 2011 – why it’s dangerous to assume that members of the medical community are the negative controls in a physician-patient interaction.
– Little Lady, Pulse Magazine, June 2011 – this is an essay that I initially wrote for my medical school’s Anatomical Gift ceremony, where we students honored the brave men and women who donated their bodies to our dissection.