#intraining #globalhealth

Every New Year’s Eve, I crack out a few board games to ring in the impending year. Sometimes, there are party hats, sometimes fancy cheese, occasionally a hint of champagne. Always, there are loved ones to hug and cheer with when the clock strikes midnight. This year, we…


#medstories #intraining

“She was just up, walking, and jovial last week doctor,” Shauna told me less than an hour after I placed a central venous catheter into a large vein in her mother’s neck. …


#MDmeetsMom #globalhealth

There’s a difference between caution and commotion — and the way we discuss any outbreak or illness determines where on this spectrum we end up. Without transparency, trust, and timely messaging, we create commotion. …


#medstories #intraining

“40-something year old woman, history of metastatic breast cancer, now with pneumoperitoneum likely secondary to hollow viscus perforation. Surgery consulted, dispo based on reccs.”

The patient was uneventfully signed out to me that night. I knew I was in for a long shift, but the ED looked relatively…


#medstories #intraining

When I was on the residency interview trail, I made it a point to make every conversation an interesting one. After all, the interview trail was the single biggest opportunity I would have to pique the brains of Emergency Medicine (EM) faculty and leaders from around the country…


#medstories #intraining

If you had to pick a month that made the most sense with this article’s title, I’d argue that with Valentine’s Day and the romantic festivities that come with it, February would be the clear winner. And, in all honesty, though I intended to publish this post in…


#medstories #intraining

It happens to all of us who relentlessly run after our dream of one day becoming a doctor. We put our heads down and study through college to get into medical school. We spend the first two years of medical school living in the library so that we…


#improvchallenge #experiencelife

This article is a part of the Improv Challenge — an initiative meant to build resilience and self-awareness through the use of improvisation principles in everyday life. The challenge follows a series of exercises outlined in Patricia Ryan Madson’s book, “Improv Wisdom.”

Exercise 2: For one day, say…


#improvchallenge #experiencelife

This article is a part of the Improv Challenge — an initiative meant to build resilience and self-awareness through the use of improvisation principles in everyday life. The challenge follows a series of exercises outlined in Patricia Ryan Madson’s book, “Improv Wisdom.”

Exercise 1: Support someone else’s dreams…


#improvchallenge #experiencelife

Improvisation is a life skill — it helps us accept the opportunities around us and turn disappointments into small victories. It’s a way to hold on to the roller coaster called life and dodge a heart attack when it zips through an unexpected curve. I was first introduced…

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