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Original stories by and about people in medicine.

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An Anesthesiologist Learns the ‘Facts’ about Epidurals in Childbirth Class

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An anesthesiologist loses it when his childbirth class instructor provides misinformation about epidurals
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Perchance to Dream: Suicidal Teen Shapes a Doctor’s Perceptions of Despair

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Recollections of caring for a suicidal teen with a devastating self-inflicted gunshot wound leads a physician to reflect on his own life.
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A Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Didn’t Stop Me Imagining an Awesome Future

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Determination & continuous glucose monitoring helped Chelsea keep on climbing mountains & dreaming big long after a type 1 diabetes diagnosis
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The Healing Power of Music in a Physician’s Life

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Playing music is a ritual in my family. But it wasn’t until I became a physician that I understood that it could also console and bring hope.
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A Brief But Powerful History of the Colors Purple and Blue

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The colors purple and blue have a long and complex history that touches on social privilege, experimentation, cell biology, and more.
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My Doctor Diagnosed Me With Thin White Female Syndrome

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A medical student who developed anxiety related to major transitions in her life was diagnosed with Thin White Female Syndrome and given Ativan
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A Mother’s Howl: A Medical Student’s Lesson On Giving Bad News

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The heartbreaking sound of a mother's howl helped a medical student appreciate the huge responsibility of giving bad news about a loved one.
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Screening Colonoscopy: Shopping Around Saved Me $6,820

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After learning a screening colonoscopy would cost him $8500, the (uninsured) author of this story shopped around and ended up saving $6820!
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Seizing Permission to Live Life on Your Own Terms

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Many people seek the approval of others at the expense of their own self-esteem. Here's how to seize permission to live life on your terms.
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Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy

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My boyfriend told me I was crazy and I believed him. I later learned that emotional abuse is part of the cycle of abuse.
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How to Stay Excited and In Love with a Career in Medicine

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If you combine an insatiable desire to expand skills with a fearlessness to walk away, you can have a long, exciting career in medicine.
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Dealing with a Rare Eye Disease in the Midst of COVID19

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After being diagnosed with a rare eye disease, a doctor learns the best treatment is immunosuppression-a risky choice in the midst of COVID19