Reflections in healthcare

The Life Lessons I Learned From Graduating Residency

If you had asked me 15 years ago what I wanted to be ‘when I grow up’, a doctor was definitely not a thought in my mind. I wasn’t bred at a young age to become a Physician by the ancestors that walked … [Read more...]

On becoming a Cardiologist

As a fellow in cardiology, you sign up to be part of a specialty that can involves emergencies. As a first year fellow, usually you are running things by other senior fellows and attendings, and … [Read more...]

The White Coat Phenomenon, Doctor in Training

A few weeks ago, a teenager in Florida was busted for donning a white coat and stethoscope, entering a hospital, and fooling physicians and patients alike into believing that he was a doctor. He spent … [Read more...]

Patient ‘Care’, Begins with Listening to the Patient

In medicine, the seemingly simple questions become the complex ones. “How’s it going?” It is a question that is frequently asked whenever we encounter friends and acquaintances. In a given day, … [Read more...]

The ‘Model’ Healthcare System, Band Aid-care, and what we can learn from the VA

Having done most of my clinical clerkships in New York City, I came to Boston for residency expecting a similar experience in another metropolitan city. The culture of the Psychiatric Urgent Care … [Read more...]

Finding Poetry in Medicine

The Medical School Graduate Finally!  I’m an MD.  No more left to learn! Diploma in hand, what more could one ask for? What’s that you say?  Some chest pain?  Today? Don’t worry—I can help! I read … [Read more...]

Road to Fellowship, What ‘The Match’ Will Bring to the Future Generation of New Doctors

You’ve made it. Four years of college, four years of medical school, and three years (sometimes four or five) of Residency, depending on the specialty you chose. You’ve earned a prestigious … [Read more...]

Ebola Healthcare Workers. Heroes, Not Villains

By: Jack Besser Selfish. Ignorant. Terroristic. You would never associate these words with a hero. Somehow, Americans have managed to do this. Healthcare workers who have recently returned from … [Read more...]

Ebola’s Incredible Power Not Only To Infect, But To Instill Fear

Ebola is everywhere. Not literally. Turn on the television, and you will see the headlines. "Ebola in America.” Or “Hospital worker who handled Ebola is on cruise." And then there is the “Ebola … [Read more...]

Hospital Dog Therapy: Man’s Best Friend

Hospital Dog Therapy occupies a unique position.  Inherent in the human-animal bond dwell incredible healing powers. Offering their unconditional love and exuberance for life, animals enhance our … [Read more...]

A Resident Physicians Reflection On The First Year As A Doctor

It’s 8am on a bright Saturday morning. With my yoga mat beneath me in the open, fresh air of the city park, I close my eyes and do my best to strike an impossible pose. Everyone else around me … [Read more...]

Why The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Important

  Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last month or so, you’ve probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically, a person is nominated by a friend to dump a bucket of ice … [Read more...]

Another One Bites The Angel Dust: A Doctor’s Experience in the Psych ER

If it were not for drugs and alcohol, emergency room psychiatrists would be straight up out of a job. When I completed my psychiatry core rotation as a medical student, I was exposed to the most … [Read more...]