No. 13: The time my patient asked me on a date

5 Minute Read-Intern year: “Hey Doc, am I officially discharged?” my patient asked as I helped him sign paperwork before leaving the hospital. “Yessir!” I responded cheerily. “You can go in just a few minutes, just let your nurse come to remove your IV and give you your clothes.” “So…..” his voice took on a …

No. 12: My attending said I’m a waste of talent

5 Minute Read-Intern Year: “Oyetewa, please follow me to my office,” my attending (aka my boss) said, her back already turned to me as she walked down the hallway. She was a 5’2” brown-skinned woman with long, jet black hair, and a persistently unsmiling face. I had been working with her for two weeks in …

No. 11: The time my niece cut her skin off

6 Minute Read-Sometime before medical school I heard the crying before I heard the doorbell ring. It was around 4 in the afternoon, and big yellow buses were trucking down the neighborhood streets, dropping kids home after school. I was living with family at the time to save money on rent, which came with particular …

No. 10: My patient was abandoned by her family

7 Minute Read-Intern Year: “The problem is… you don’t have enough sex,” said my patient as I helped her back into bed. “ExCUSE me?!” I spurted incredulously, watching her as she chuckled. She was an 80-something-year-old, spunky, olive-toned woman with silvery white hair she wore in a long braid down her back. She demanded I …

No. 9: The time my patient used me to get high

7 Minute Read-Intern Year Day 105: “Wait, what room is he in?” “Seriously, I’ll just walk by the room and peek in, no harm done!” “He’s probably not even that cute.” A few of my co-interns were joking with me about a patient I was about to admit from the emergency department. We had heard …

No. 8: The time I had a panic attack

7 Minute Read-2nd Year, Medical School: Spring “So, what do you say, Beautiful? Will you do me the honor of going to dinner with me tonight?” I read the text over and over, contemplating the potential consequences of agreeing to go to dinner with him (henceforth referred to as Jason for anonymity). If it had …

No. 7: The time I wore a crop-top to work

4 Minute Read-Intern Year Day 85: “Honestly, doc, I’m not answering any more questions this morning. You can go,” an ornery 60-something-year-old patient said to me with a dismissive wave of his hand. I usually tried to mirror my patients’ body language and tone to build rapport, but this morning I had probably come in …