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The words that changed McAllen

There are some pieces of journalism that are so gut-wrenching that they can have immediate effects. The recent investigative series on the terrible conditions of nails salons that came out in the New York Times, for example, was so horrific that it caused the governor of New York to, within 3

Doctors Shouldn’t Feel Alone

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of Medstro.com, an innovative social network for physicians. Dr. Joe founded Medstro and its sister site MedTech Boston (a site

Structure and Poetry

In a recent interview I read in the Harvard Gazette, poetry professor Helen Vendler discusses her inspiration for becoming an expert on poetry. Vendler was the first woman to be named a University Professor at Harvard. Much of her inspiration for studying poetry, it turns out, comes from

Research Subjects

To my doe-eyed high school self, “research” was a term thrown around in ivy-covered college admissions tours, nightly news reports, and the wellness section of the Times. I imagined pipettes, fluorescently lit blobs of green appearing in petri dishes and evoking “Eureka!” moments, and the

Ideas to Restore the Joy of Medicine? Submit by May 11th

The social media network for physicians and medical students, Medstro, is holding a “The Joy of Medicine Challenge” in partnership with the healthcare technology company Geneia to find innovative solutions to combat burnout in medicine. They are asking physicians and medical students to pitch creative solutions to restore

The Perfect Skill Combo for Success

In his recent article arguing for the importance of an education in the humanities, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof says that liberal arts are needed to guide the most practical, rational, logical discoveries of science and technology in the right direction. He writes

Problems and Solutions in MedTech: One Case Study

I read through all five parts of physician Robert Wachter’s article on Medium, “How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a Massive Overdose.” In it, Wachter chronicles the steps of oversight and technology-enabled errors that prompted a nurse to give a pediatric patient at UCSF Children’s Hospital 38.5 times

How could I do this better?

I came across this post, “Wild, Crazy, and Creative Doctors” that lists some examples of how creative doctors have improved their practices. My favorite are the most simple ones, like this: “Marshall Zaslove, MD, a physician productivity expert, advises doctors to have a nurse follow

We Need More Doctors Who Create

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) loved law, writing, and medicine, and jumped from one to the other until he settled on medicine as the career that brought him the most satisfaction, despite precocious success in poetry (his 1830 “Old Ironsides” poem was instrumental in stopping the planned

Submit to Doctors Who Create!

We’d love to publish your submissions related to medicine and creativity. This includes, but is not limited to: Written blog posts Short videos Paintings, Drawings, and Photographs Poems Profiles/Q&As Reprints (with permission) from other sites We currently are reviewing submissions by email. Send your submission as an

Bellevue Literary Review Spring Reading – May 3

The Bellevue Literary Review is holding a spring reading in the rotunda of Bellevue Hospital in New York City on Sunday, May 3 at 5pm. The evening will include readings of poetry and prose from the latest issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. Check out

Costs of Care Essay Contest – due May 31

The organization Costs of Care is holding an essay contest for short (500-700 word) entries about the importance of cost awareness in healthcare. The site instructions include: “Entries will be judged based on the quality of the writing and the relevance of the anecdote to

Submit to the Bellevue Literary Review

The Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) is a literary magazine published by the Department of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. The name refers to NYU’s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the U.S. The BLR editor-in-chief is Dr. Danielle Ofri, a prolific writer for the New