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02/21/2017

The Aftergift

“… and maybe then you’ll hear the words I’ve been singing; Funny, when you’re dead how people start listen’n…” If I Die Young (2010) by The Band Perry It was in the fall of 2015 that I received a call from a Mrs. Jones.  She went on to detail how her husband, Robert, had died […]

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02/14/2017

After the Loss of a Patient: Reflection and Connection Through Prose

By Hedy S. Wald Lean machine of prose, stripped down to the essence, and a power-packed way to care for the caregiver… this was my experience of the 55-word story genre1 at a writing seminar.2  While I had some experience writing haiku, I was generally accustomed to reflective narratives3 as “story” so was nothing short […]

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02/07/2017

Loss: The Hidden Barrier to Professional Identity Formation

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 […]

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01/31/2017

Anatomy from the Inside: An Anatomist’s Experience as Patient

By Robert Frysztak Many stories have been written by physicians describing their personal experiences as a patient. But I cannot recall reading a similar perspective from a research scientist or medical educator, one who has intimate knowledge of anatomy and physiology paralleling or exceeding that of most physicians.  I would like to share with you […]

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01/27/2017

Medicine and the Holocaust in Medical Education: International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27

By Hedy S. Wald “Medicine was used for villainous ends during the Holocaust.  The Holocaust was an enormous trauma inflicted on human dignity and the human person; medicine was implicated in crimes against humanity.”  His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston.1 January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day designated by the United Nations […]

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01/25/2017

DACA Medical Students- Making America Great Again!

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 […]

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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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