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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

Now, the Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

Three years ago, the AMSA chapter at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, led by medical students Stephanie Oh (an MD/PhD student currently in her PhD years) and Andrew Orr (currently a PGY-1 in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania), initiated

Do you want your doctor to be creative?

If I were to ask you right now to list the most important qualities you want in a doctor, you would probably start with “competent” and “empathetic.” The first word out of your mouth would probably not be “creative.” And yet, there is a growing

Submit to Intima by July 31st

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine is a literary journal created in 2010 by students in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Narrative Medicine program. The journal is now open to submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 31st at midnight. Intima

Historical Fiction and the Practice of Medicine

With the publication of my historical fiction novel Isthmus, the second book in the Widow Walk saga, I am now scheduled to tour the book and present it at a number of gatherings.  Book readings are always interesting experiences.  Another physician-writer friend, Richard Selzer MD, once

Writing on Race and Medicine

Damon Tweedy, MD, JD is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. His first book, Black Man in a White Coat:

My Grandfather Was a Physician

The ends of the black and white picture are fraying like a newspaper held over a warm flame. It’s a photo of my grandfather in the early 1900s; he’s wearing a suit and tie with wide, round rims that encircle his inquisitive eyes. Thick eyebrows comfortably

Writing to Improve Patient Safety

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and also Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center. In April, he released his sixth book, The Digital

Writing, Behind the Mask

Kathryn A. (Kathy) Hughes, MD is a general surgeon and blogger who has spent the majority of her career in private practice in community hospitals. She blogs at Behind The Mask, where she shares experiences from her surgical career and life. She is a Fellow of

3 Lessons – Abraham Verghese’s Commencement Speech

Abraham Verghese is a physician of many talents. He teaches internal medicine at Stanford, he writes opinion pieces, and he has published two memoirs and one novel. Many know him for the celebrated 2009 novel Cutting For Stone, which reached the New York Times bestseller list. Verghese also has a unique