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Early Experiences with Death Informed a Physician’s Choices about Life

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 3/28/2021 - 0

Early experiences with death, including the failure to revive a drowned fisherman, spurred a young man to become a doctor.

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A Mother’s Howl: A Medical Student’s Lesson On Giving Bad News

Elizabeth Glowacki - 11/1/2020 - 0

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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My Grandparents’ Agonizing Deaths Taught Me to Be a Better Doctor

Lauren Klingman M.D. - 8/16/2020 - 10

A medical student’s mom told her witnessing her grandfather’s agonizing death was a gift, implying that it would make her a better doctor.

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Reflections on Death with Dignity

Sebastian Sepulveda, MD - 7/6/2020 - 4

Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this?

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My First Patient, My First Death

Nichole Boisvert - 5/17/2020 - 3

A young medical student recalls the indelible experience of taking care of a dying patient. It is the story of her first patient and her first death.

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The Indomitable Spirit of My Dying Patient

Sam Kant, MD - 4/30/2020 - 5

Caring for his dying patient, a much-loved Irish farmer with advanced renal failure reminded a doctor of what’s really important in medicine.

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5 Things Not to Do When Delivering Bad News to Patients

Jacques Fontaine, M.D. - 4/19/2020 - 0

Although compassion and empathy are innate qualities, specific education and training can sharpen and improve how physicians deliver bad news to patients.

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The Privilege of Being a Third-Year Medical Student

Gregory Shumer, MD - 12/20/2019 - 6

We were told that as third-year medical students, we are lucky because we have time to really get to know our patients as people. It turns out to be true.

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Is it Better to Plan for End-of-Life? Or Strategic Aging?

Kevin Haselhorst, MD - 10/24/2018 - 0

Creating a plan for strategic aging can help patients create a narrative and direction for their end-of-life journey.

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Nursing Errors Led to My Son’s Unexpected Death

Victoria Ireland - 8/20/2018 - 15

Nursing errors and the unmonitored use of patient-controlled analgesia led to the unexpected death of a mother’s only child. It could have been prevented.

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Why Existential Coaching Could Help People at the End-of-Life

Erick Messias, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. - 7/29/2018 - 3

Existential coaching in end-of-life conversations may allow people to die with dignity with some relief from existential angst in their final moments

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The Dead is More Than a Corpse: Reminiscences of Anatomy Lab

Sadaf Qureshi - 10/25/2017 - 5

A first year medical student describes her anatomy lab and how she grew to appreciate the corpse she worked on as a gift.

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