By Meaghan P. Ruddy
Paying attention to the wider trends in medical education recently makes it difficult to miss the growing voice of Pamela Wible, MD and her crusade to end physician, resident and medical student suicides. One premise of her argument is that all the language around burnout and resilience misses the point. The point it misses? This demographic is suffering from abuse.
I tend to agree. To this I would add that the result is not burnout but the closely related state of grief…
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By Kimrey Van Perre
My friends have been called “courageous” for sharing their plight as undocumented students with the US Congress. They have been called “DREAMers” due to the Dream Act that has been repeatedly introduced in Congress but never passed. I call them “selfless” and “unrelenting” in their commitment to the medically underserved despite their uncertain legal status.
I am a 3rd year medical student at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). I am not a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student. I was born a US citizen. But many of my friends at SSOM are DACA students. Their families, like mine generations ago, immigrated to this country. They wanted their children to have opportunities and to grow up in a safe and stable country…
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By Audrey Hertenstein
We shuffled through the metal detector and were directed to stand with our backs against a wall – the final step in an hour long process to enter the Florence, AZ Detention Center to visit with detainees the organization Mariposas sin Fronteras had been communicating with to offer assistances such as letters of community support and a friendly voice to reach out to. The guards ushered me and the other Loyola students through several locked doors and into a visitation room where we were only allowed one hour to meet, rules which seemed much too strict for a person whose only crime had been seeking asylum within our borders…
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We are taking this opportunity to showcase a few excellent posts from the year gone by. We invite you to check out these highly popular essays.
Mary Boyle, MD, “The Invitation”: A poem and reflection about a patient as teacher
Guadelupe Garcia McCall, “Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl”: A poem about romance, illness, and death.
Amy Blair, MD, “Ideals and Inadequacies: Living the Physician’s Vocation.”
With the holidays upon us, we are taking this opportunity to showcase a few excellent posts from the year gone by. We invite you to check out these highly popular posts.
Darrell G. Kirch, MD, “Educating for Resilience and Humanism in an Uncertain Time.”
Hedy Wald, PhD, “Becoming Zusha: Reflecting on Potential in Medical Education and Practice.”
Sunny Nakae, PhD, “Presence and Vulnerability in Medical Education.”
By Laura Vearrier
Americans check their phones an average of 46 times per day, (Eadicicco 2015) and they do so no matter what they are doing, including while driving, while at church, during sex, or out to dinner. (Rodriguez 2013) Are healthcare providers any different? In a survey of medical students, 46 % reported texting, checking email, or making a call on their personal devices during a patient encounter, and 93% had seen a senior resident or attending do so. (Tran et al. 2014) The answer to this problem is not as simple as turning off the device. Improvements to medical care afforded by personal devices include efficient access to electronic text books, up-to-date literature, medical apps such as dosing calculators, and improved provider connectedness, among others. The flip side is that the inevitable distraction created by smartphones creates a threat to professionalism in healthcare…
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By Laura Creel
As part of their undergraduate medical education, students discuss end-of-life care; they hear lectures about valuing the lives and deaths of future patients; they are instructed in the legal issues surrounding advance directives and care planning. They see death, too—see it in the cadavers that they incise, see it in patients who die surrounded by family members and in patients who die alone. Sometimes these experiences with death are personal; many times the experiences are stripped of emotion because they occur in clinical environments. But although students see death in medical school, some recent research shows that approximately half of residents do not feel well-prepared to deal with the deaths of patients.[i]
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