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01/09/2018

“You Had To Be There …” Caring for a Patient to the End of Her Life

By David C. Leach It has been more than thirty years since she first came to see me – a vital woman in her early seventies who had detected a lump in her breast on a self-exam. A diagnostic work up confirmed cancer and the smallish lesion was removed. It never recurred. By the time […]

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01/02/2018

New Year’s Resolutions – Walking the Talk with Compassion

By Hedy S. Wald Take two Tootsie Rolls and call me in the morning. Self-prescribed for sweet tooth me. Not such a blasphemous “drug of choice” (I’m not even using caffeine!) but it’s New Year’s, that infamous time of resolutions. And I’d like to “kick the habit,” do all that stuff the nutritionist advised and […]

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12/20/2017

What do Advent and Christmas Have to do with Medical Education, Anyway?

By Virginia McCarthy As a Jesuit, Catholic medical school, we have had several preparations for Christmas that may not be as “front-and-center” in other institutions.  These traditions are deeply engrained in our culture and expected by our students.  With the flurry of academic activity in the final weeks of the semester, the true miracle of […]

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12/20/2017

What do Advent and Christmas Have to do with Medical Education, Anyway?

By Virginia McCarthy As a Jesuit, Catholic medical school, we have had several preparations for Christmas that may not be as “front-and-center” in other institutions.  These traditions are deeply engrained in our culture and expected by our students.  With the flurry of academic activity in the final weeks of the semester, the true miracle of […]

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12/14/2017

Be the Light – A Chanukah (and Medical Education) Reflection

By Hedy Wald It’s a festive time of year.  And medical educators so busy, busy trying to tie up loose ends on never-ending projects.  It is good to hear of plans for fun times with family and friends and looking forward to that sense of renewal in the new year… I sent a Happy Chanukah […]

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10/05/2017

Is ‘The Good Doctor’ Any Good at Representing Neurodiversity?

By Kayhan Parsi The Good Doctor recently debuted on ABC.  Billed as an unconventional medical drama, it features an autistic surgical resident, Dr. Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore.  As a parent of an autistic adolescent, I welcome more varied depictions of autistic individuals in popular culture.  Unfortunately, the trailer for the show concerned me, […]

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09/28/2017

DACA MD-PhD Student: “I humbly ask to be given the chance”

By Cesar Montelongo (These remarks were delivered at a rally of the Stritch School of Medicine student to support their DACA recipient colleagues on September 6, 2017.) My name is Cesar, I am a DACA recipient and a third year student in the Loyola MD-PhD program, training to be a physician and a scientist. In […]

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09/19/2017

The Power of Mentorship and Transformation: from “What’s next?” to “Bring it on!”

By Jody Platto Since graduating from Wellesley College in 2015, I have experienced a paradigm shift from always searching for what is next to remaining committed to what lies straight ahead. Strong personal and professional mentorship in my first career as a professional athlete set the stage for me to excel when I resumed my […]

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09/19/2017

The Power of Mentorship and Transformation: from “What’s next?” to “Bring it on!”

By Jody Platto Since graduating from Wellesley College in 2015, I have experienced a paradigm shift from always searching for what is next to remaining committed to what lies straight ahead. Strong personal and professional mentorship in my first career as a professional athlete set the stage for me to excel when I resumed my […]

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09/12/2017

A DACA Recipient Asks Her Medical Student Colleagues to Advocate for the DREAM Act

By Alejandra Duran Arreola (These remarks were delivered at a rally of the Stritch School of Medicine student to support their DACA recipient colleagues on September 6, 2017.) Hello friends. Thanks for being here. My name is Alejandra Duran Arreola. I am a second-year medical student and part of the 2020 class. I am a […]

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