Puppy Love

Our eyes met across the med school lobby, the sunshine pouring in all around. Though we’d never met, it felt as if we’d known each other since the halcyon days of biochem. He turned his shoulders toward mine. I stared back. To the thud-thud-thud of my heart, he approached.
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Let your character define your medicine, not the other way around. You’ll become a robot if all you attend to is the journals and learning every new fact and staying late and missing soccer. That’s the challenge and that’s the art.

–Dr. G.R.

The High Stakes How-To of HIV Diagnoses & Other Bombs

morse-code

 

Have heard the story of the S-4 submarine? Pretend you’re–not a medical student this time–but a diver. The year is 1927. One frosty December day, your Massachusetts Coast Guard crashes and sinks the USS S-4. Heroically, you rescue many survivors yet six remain. Any attempt to open the hull simply allows more water stealing away precious oxygen. During their final hours, you place your ear to the hull and pick up faint Morse code–is there any hope?

This question adds a layer of complexity to the already daunting task of delivering difficult diagnoses Continue reading