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01/17/2017

Stories from the Border: Hearing the Voice of All Community Members

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 […]

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01/10/2017

‘Examening’ the New Year!

By Michael P. McCarthy The New Year offers a clean slate, a welcome opportunity to try something new.  Given the title of the blog, Reflective MedEd, I would like to offer a way of refocusing and reorienting oneself through reflecting on the experiences of the day.  As Hedy Wald described in her blog post, reflection […]

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01/03/2017

ICYMI: The Best of Reflective MedEd 2016

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 https://reflectivemeded.org/2016/04/25/the-invitation/     Guadelupe Garcia McCall, “Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl”: A poem about romance, illness, and […]

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12/27/2016

ICYMI: The Best of Reflective MedEd

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.” https://reflectivemeded.org/2016/09/27/educating-for-resilience-and-humanism-in-an-uncertain-time/   Hedy Wald, PhD, “Becoming Zusha: Reflecting on Potential in […]

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12/19/2016

Supporting Your Students in These Troubling Times

By Mark Kuczewski University and college administrations have shown laudable leadership since the election in offering support to their students who feel under threat.  The strongest and most explicit statements have been in regard to undocumented students who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  As the almost 800,000 persons of […]

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12/13/2016

Sentimentality in Medical Professionalism

By James Smith As we navigate current and future health care transitions, I am skeptical that our conventional understanding of medical professionalism will assist us.  We have defined and organized medical professionalism into list of codes, behaviors, and collective “group-think” to serve as an aegis to transient threats to the central role of the medical […]

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12/06/2016

Lessons Learned from a Beatbox Heart

By Tim Lahey Two days ago, Jimmy stuck a used needle into the soft skin of his forearm, and released 20 milligrams of black tar heroin and a bolus of bacteria into his blood. The bacteria floated from vein to artery as he nodded, eventually sticking themselves to the ragged edge of his aortic valve.  […]

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11/29/2016

Our Devices, Our Selves: How to Avoid Practicing Distracted Doctoring

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, […]

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11/16/2016

Healing, Hate, and Solidarity

By Duncan Maru “Non-violence is the highest spirituality”  Mahavir, Jain Spiritual Leader “Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love.”  St. Francis of Assisi As a physician, it is my calling to heal. Healing goes far deeper than knowing the right science and prescribing the right medication.  […]

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11/16/2016

Healing, Hate, and Solidarity

By Duncan Maru “Non-violence is the highest spirituality”  Mahavir, Jain Spiritual Leader “Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love.”  St. Francis of Assisi As a physician, it is my calling to heal. Healing goes far deeper than knowing the right science and prescribing the right medication.  […]

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