Hospital administrator Galen Laserson recounts the time she got an unexpected call in the middle of the night, which prompted her to learn all about the hospital's underbelly and the logistics of death.Read More
The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract family medicine resident Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.
Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.Read More
Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.Read More
In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.Read More
Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die — today.Read More
Sirisha Narayana, a hospital medicine physician, discusses her strong identity as a physician, and how it collided with her other identities, until one of her interns made a simple observation in the hospital.Read More
Ben Lerman, an emergency medicine physician, describes how his ability to empathize with his patients deteriorated throughout his medical training, and how a chance encounter with a patient outside the hospital helped set him back on track.Read More