Celebrate Medicine, Medicine

Civilian Casualties

As an ER doctor, I often meet people on the worst day of their lives.  I’m the guy who gets to tell you your mom is dead.  I’m the one who works the futile code on your 4-year-old while your screams cut right through everyone in the room.  I find your cancer.  I tell you […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Medicine, Personal Finance

You’re Not Special

Your mom lied to you.  I know she seemed sincere when she said you were special, and you had every reason to believe her.  You were precocious and charming as a child.  You always did well in school.  When you told your family you were thinking about becoming a doctor they were excited and supportive. […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Personal Finance

I See Dead People

“Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me”. ~ Emily Dickinson Emergency physicians are not strangers to death.  At least once a shift I see someone who is dead or dying. It comes with the territory.  An experienced EM physician can see death from a mile away. They can smell […]

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Celebrate Medicine, Uncategorized

You Can’t Go Home Again

  I started internship July 1, 2008 as a terrified 25-year-old blank slate. Most days started with a combination of nausea and dread as I pumped myself up in the resident parking lot – conveniently located a mere 1/2 mile from the entrance to the Ivory Tower I called home. The days were long. The […]

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