The Impact of a Single Handshake

September 10, 2019

Raw Emotion

August 18, 2019

My First Rotation of Third Year

June 13, 2019

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September 10, 2019

Pockets of pus in his belly, legs edematous, completely exposed and vulnerable.

Intubated and sedated, left with an open abdomen.

Doctors talking about him instead of to him.

Changing his dressing, he grabs my hand; squeezing it, whispers a gratuitous, “thank you.”


August 18, 2019

                 “29 y/o F presenting with abdominal pain” read the triage statement, the patient name glowing bright red on the main Emergency Department patient board. An indication to all providers that this patient has not yet bee...

June 13, 2019

Medical school is scary.



Sometimes I wonder how I am standing here,

Already in third year,

Still thinking they made a mistake by letting me in.

              I was born and raised in Mexico and only spoke Spanish until I was about 15 years old....

August 14, 2018

Written by Carrie Sears Bell in March 2017

I am afraid.

A lymph node on the left side of my neck.

Muscle spasms in my left shoulder and back.

New pain in my left hip and the side of my pelvis.

Does this add up to metastatic cancer from the breast cancer diagnosed almost...

December 21, 2017


            Back in September, I took a needed vacation to Puerto Rico. My girlfriend and I had two beautiful days in Old San Juan when all the bars and restaurants were open, stores were open, galleries and churches were open, the historic...

October 30, 2017

On my path to discover what specialty I should choose, I did a lot of reflecting on my clinical experiences. This poem is a product of that reflection and is a glimpse into my emotional journey and decision to become a surgeon.

Beep Beep Blares the 4:00am alarm


July 24, 2017

Boston’s only needle exchange program has a clear bathroom policy. Sarah Mackin, the program’s director, designed a system where each person that uses the restroom gets three minutes. Once the outside timer goes off after three minutes, a volunteer or employee of the p...

July 17, 2017

“I’m from San Francisco. This is my first time being in this situation and hopefully this will be the last.


I’m just looking for work as a paralegal. I have a doctorate in law. I went to Princeton. I went to college while I was in high school. I would send my homework...

April 28, 2017

            I have always held tight to my soul’s deepest yearnings since childhood. From farmer, to firefighter, to architect, to college baseball. Great, my dreams evolved.  Then cancer cut this down, taking my fibula, fifty pounds of muscle...

March 28, 2017

                Solstice light goes silver. The air is heavy with the perfume of a desert river. My friend and I carry some of her partner's ashes down a rocky slope to the Verde River.


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Recommended Readings

The Human Side of Medicine: Learning What it's Like to be a Patient and What it's Like to be a Physician by Lawrence Savett, MD


What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect The Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri, MD

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness & Humanity

by Ronald Epstein, MD

Remedy for Burnout: 7 Prescriptions Doctors Use To Find Meaning in Medicine By Starla Fitch, MD

The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith 

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