March 19, 2016

The duty of keeping someone alive

I once spent an entire twelve hour shift keeping someone alive with my hands. Mr. Jones was an older guy who had pulmonary fibrosis, a terrible […]
September 17, 2015

My First Patient To Die

I remember the first time a patient died on me.  To be precise, the patient died after my shift was complete, and I initially held myself […]
May 7, 2013

To generalize or to specialize?

While working on a general medicine unit I was approached by a specialist who inquired about a specific patient.  His question was vague and open-ended and sounded something like, “How is he doing today?”

At this point, I will note that the above doctor was a hematologist.

 

May 2, 2013

Who cares about the endoplasmic reticulum?

I distinctly remember learning about the endoplasmic reticulum in ninth grade biology. I was sitting in the back of class, trying to stay awake, wondering why I needed to know about this seemingly insignificant organelle.