Beginnings

With me at all times is a pocket notebook filled with helpful medical knowledge: lists, strategic physical exam maneuvers, quick anatomical sketches, hospital-specific protocols. I reference this notebook almost daily, especially as exam time nears.

I have also amassed a stack of surgical gown pull-tabs, each littered with thoughts and observations from the day’s encounters. Sadly, I do not review or reference these paper cards nearly as often as I do my notebook. But medical care in the strict sense is only half of the treatment. These encounters, and the lessons I draw from them, deserve just as much attention. This website is a consolidation of these reflections and more.

I have three motivations for this website. The first is intentional. Writing is my creative outlet, and when a very cynical friend bet me that medicine would crush my creative spirit and drown my passions, I set out to prove him wrong.

The second is personal. Writing allows me to map my maturity and growth in terms of the way I think and express myself, how I perceive the world around me, and how, specifically, my experiences and observations in the field of medicine shape me.

The third is practical. Few careers that I can think of permit the raw connection that exists between patient and physician, but the vulnerabilities that exist on either side of this simultaneously professional and deeply personal relationship are not always confidently or thoughtfully explored. There is a lesson in every encounter. To me, they are worth exploring.

I hope you will find value in my reflections.

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