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In Shock

In Shock by Rana Awdish 265 pages, St. Martin’s Press, 2017 I read Dr. Rana Awdish’s book, In Shock, from cover to cover on a six-hour flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco. I started it expecting to read for just an hour or two and

In Shock in Her Own ICU

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP is an intensive care physician and director of the pulmonary hypertension program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and is the author of the book In Shock, a memoir based on her own experience with critical illness that landed her in

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

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

Comic Storytelling in Medicine

Ben Schwartz, MD is a Staff Cartoonist for the New Yorker and an instructor in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduating from medical school at Columbia University and completing an internship in internal medicine, Schwartz decided

Our Year in Review

Dear readers of Doctors Who Create, Thank you for being our fans and supporters. We know many of you are busy, but we’ve been encouraged by your excitement over our posts and the eagerness of the DWC audience to see more. We are a team

Narrative Medicine in Practice

Katherine Chretien, MD is chief hospitalist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). At SMHS, where she completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program, she

Creating The Nocturnists

  Emily Silverman, MD is a third-year resident in internal medicine at UCSF. Last year, she started a storytelling event for physicians called The Nocturnists, which was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle in May and is described as being like The Moth for physicians.

The Poetry of Healing

Rafael Campo, MD MFA is an award-winning poet and essayist, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at healthcare associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was born in New Jersey in 1964 and attended Amherst College,

JAMA announces Arts and Medicine section

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) announced that it is starting a new Arts and Medicine section. Associate Editor Roxanne Young wrote in the editorial introducing the new section: “In 2016, we take the transformation further, beyond the visual and fine arts

Leader, Scientist, & History Buff

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MD, MBBCh, served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the University of Pennyslvania’s Perelman School of Medicine from 2001 to 2011. He is a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of

Meet the DWC Team

We are excited to announce that since our launch in April 2015, we have expanded the Doctors Who Create staff. We are a team of dedicated volunteers: attendings, residents, medical students, post-bac pre-meds, and undergraduates, all passionate about the DWC mission. Read our team page to learn

Atul and Ezra

Ezra Klein, writer and founder of Vox Media, interviews “surgeon, writer, researcher, dilettante” Atul Gawande for his podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Panoply Media. (Ezra can’t contain his utter excitement at doing this interview, which he says he has wanted to do “for a

Why Doctors Write: A Documentary

Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine is an upcoming documentary film about the intersection of medicine and literature, created by Emmy award-winning producer/director Ken Browne. Among many themes, the film documents the tradition and motivation of physician-writers, how art is joining science to become a part of modern

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