The time a patient and his wife got into a fight – Abi’s Story

5 Minute Read“Are you sure you’re OK, Mr. Crew?” Abi asked her clinic patient.  His eyes drifted towards her slowly shifting hands. Under his gaze, she became acutely aware that she was picking the cuticles of her nails, as she often did. She quickly dropped her hands to her sides.  “Uh…” he glanced at his …

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. 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 …