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 …

No. 6: The first time I told a patient he had cancer

6 Minute Read-Intern Year Day 70: There is a particular patient I remember more vividly than most. We’ll call him Mr. K. He was a dark brown man in his early fifties, his thick beard speckled with silver hairs. He had a heart warming smile. His wife was at his bedside every single time I …

No. 5: I gave a patient’s family member my cell phone number

7 Minute Read-Intern Year Day 45: “You are the most phenomenal doctor,” a patient’s sister exclaimed, as she hugged me. It was my first day seeing Mr. C, a 60-something-year-old gentleman admitted after a fall at home. Since being in the hospital, he had been confused on-and-off, resorting to actions such as calling 911 from …

No. 4: Falling Into Harvard Dermatology

5 Minute Read-A “sadistic” practice, as my brother describes it, Match Day was to be the culmination of my medical school experience. After years of late nights turned early mornings, accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars in loan debt, and the infamous Step One board-exam, the day had finally come. Match Day was a ceremony …

No. 3: A Patient’s Daughter Cursed Me Out!

7 Minute Read-Intern Year, Day 30: "My dad isn't taking that f*cking medicine!" I looked up from my computer screen to see a frazzled nurse walk as quickly as she could out of a patient's room, exasperation splayed across her usually friendly face. "She is impossible," the nurse sighed. "I'm done. If he doesn't want …

No. 2: The time I chased a half-naked patient down the hallway

6 Minute Read-Intern Year, Day 21: “I don’t know WHO you are! I’m leaving!” “At least let us cover your bottom, sir!” “Please come back to your room, you’re going to fall!” I had been sitting in one of the hospital’s computer rooms around 10PM on a Thursday evening  with the other residents who were …