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Process: Reflections from the Path to Doctor

Over the past year and a half, I have been compiling an anthology of reflections from medical students, junior doctors and residents from around the world about their experiences in medicine. The anthology, provisionally called Process: Reflections from the Path to Doctor, is now under contract with University Press

The Poor Historian

Fiction Martin Hess sat with arms crossed in the family doctor’s waiting room. This was the third doctor he’d visited in as many months. Frustration and fear called up an image of Ben, who recently sat right where he was, before his nightmare began. Ben

Holistic Healing in the Military

          Dr. Fred Foote enlisted in the Navy during the 1970s, working as a hospital corpsman before spending his undergraduate years at Middlebury College, St. Johns College Annapolis, and the University of Chicago. After graduating in 1980, he went on to

Tattoo

I asked my dying patient today if she had any regrets? She said, I wish I had gotten a tattoo but I don’t know what I would’ve gotten it of. Is there anything more human than that? To want to have something permanent to stamp

2017: Our Year in Review

Dear readers of Doctors Who Create, Another year has passed by quickly, and we’ve been excited to share new content and ideas from writers around the world with you in this past year. We remain ever-thankful to you for being a part of the Doctors

Empowering Women in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dara Kass works at NYU/ Bellevue Hospital and is the founder of FemInEM, an open access resource that allows members to discuss, discover, and affect the journey of women working in emergency medicine. Dr. Kass was previously the director of undergraduate medical education at

going

i remember my first time with dying it came suddenly and stayed i didn’t know how a dot could be a line i feel it surreally, still today the murmurs in the hallway easily blending into the cycles of daily caretaking we went through the

The Conversation

Joe sat wheelchair-bound in the exam room, pale and gaunt with his nasal oxygen cannula hissing at high flow. He was a shell of the sturdy working man who I met less than a year ago, when he regularly accompanied his wife to her appointments.

The Doctor as Patient, Part II of VI

This is part II of a series by Dr. Erika Landau that documents her experience as a physician battling breast cancer. Link to Part I  I am still young, I eat healthy, I exercise, and I do not drink, never smoked, and never even tried

My Doctor

Mr. R. is 68 years old and has not seen a physician in many years. “I’m old school—I never went to the doctor unless something was wrong.” At his age, he is beginning to see his friends develop various ailments and decided a check-up wouldn’t

Provocations on Infrastructure: Energy

The alarm rings through the hallway and resonates with the chorus of vibrating beepers. One can almost feel the adrenaline in the room as everyone perks up their ears, stands up, and rushes out of the room. An emergency is afoot. Someone is dying, or

Brainstem Cross Sections

The brainstem, the gateway between the body and the brain, contains a bundle of functional pathways that move in three dimensions through its three parts: the medulla, pons, and midbrain. Learning to “localize the lesion” in the brainstem involves mapping neurological symptoms onto this tangled

Stanford MedX Day 2: Designing for Change

This is second in a three-article series. To read about Stanford MedX Day 1 first, click here. How do we design better care experiences for both patient and provider? Today at the MedX conference at Stanford, the day started with 2 minutes of silent meditation—in a

Stanford MedX Day 1: A day of thirds

This weekend is my first time attending Stanford MedX, a conference designed around innovation in healthcare. I’m here representing Doctors Who Create, and blogging about some of the things that are making me think. One of the things that excited me about this conference is