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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.
Creating a plan for strategic aging can help patients create a narrative and direction for their end-of-life journey.
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.
Existential coaching in end-of-life conversations may allow people to die with dignity with some relief from existential angst in their final moments
Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this?
A first year medical student describes her anatomy lab and how she grew to appreciate the corpse she worked on as a gift.
A young medical student tells a story of her first patient and her experience in witnessing her death.
The advantages of having an advance directive that is easily modifiable to reflect the changing wishes of a dying individual far outweighs the concerns of those who advocate for a legalistic approach.
A medical student witnesses the agonizing deaths of her beloved grandparents and then came to view the experience as a gift that will make her a better doctor.
Despite a 44% decline in global maternal mortality since 1990, the rate of women dying from complications during and after pregnancy or childbirth is rising in the U.S.
There is so much we don't know about cancer care (efficacy of treatments, tolerability of side effects, how much information patients want and when they want it). So, there is no easy answer to deciding if cancer care is worth it...or not.
When we fail to address end-of-life issues, we rob people of the ability to die with dignity.