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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

Remodeling Healthcare through Architecture

Diana Anderson, M.D., M.Arch, is a “Dochitect®,” or physician-architect who practices internal medicine while exploring architecture’s influence within the hospital walls. She has written for architectural and medical publications such as World Health Design, Healthcare Design Magazine, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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.

Inventing from an Anesthesiologist’s Angle

Deye Wei, M.D., is an anesthesiologist-inventor who recently received a U.S. patent for the intubation tube stylet holder, a device that allows for efficient intubation of post-trauma patients. He completed the prototype with his two sons, Chapman and Chaplin. Although Dr. Wei’s childhood dream was

Merging data and technology with clinical medicine

Dr. Amar K. Das, MD, PhD is director of healthcare effectiveness research at IBM Research, where he leads initiatives in outcomes research agenda of the new division by proposing, modeling, and carrying out clinical studies of informatics solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he spent four years

Playing Music in Medical School

Joseph Park is a second-year medical school student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he is planning on pursuing his graduate study in Genomics and Computational Biology. He is a Juilliard-trained

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,

Keeping Patients Informed Through Mass Media

Anne Negrin, MD, is a television news personality, health blogger, and ophthalmologist in Rye, New York. She has appeared on television programs including ABC7 Eyewitness News, The Today Show, and PIX11 News to discuss topics ranging from medical myth debunking to eye-friendly makeup. When she’s

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

Creating ways to stay fit in medical school

 In an era where “burnout” is becoming a buzzword describing healthcare professionals, creativity in medicine includes coming up with successful strategies to take care of your own health and wellness. Arhana Chattopadhyay, fourth-year medical student at the Stanford School of Medicine, has spent the last few years balancing studies,

Doodling to Learn Medicine

Growing up, I always struggled with math and science. My teachers encouraged me to pursue my more natural talents, which were in the arts and humanities. I never thought I could make it in medical school with my hard science deficiencies and my unstructured, creative

Reviving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Dr. Vikas Saini, MD is the president of the Lown Institute, which aims to change the healthcare system to improve patient care and address health care disparities. After studying philosophy at Princeton and medicine at Dalhousie University, Dr. Saini completed his residency at Baltimore City

Writer-in-Residence at a Hospital

Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and writer-in-residence for its division of general internal medicine. She received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins, as well as her M.F.A. in nonfiction

Writing is the Least Squeaky Wheel

Christine Montross, MD, MFA is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Director of Counseling Resources at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree and her MFA in poetry from

Scaling Healthcare Innovation

Sachin Jain, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for the California-based Medicare healthcare company CareMore. Prior to this role, Dr. Jain was the Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at the global pharmaceutical company Merck, focused on leveraging digital health and data. He was also an attending

Think Like a Doctor, and a Journalist

Lisa Sanders, MD is a primary care physician at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and associate professor of internal medicine and education at Yale School of Medicine. In addition to her work as a physician and educator, she has written the popular Diagnosis column for the New

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