Every year, a new crop of interns at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center creates an oath, a “North Star” to help guide us through residency and reaffirm our collective commitment to humanism and professionalism. This year it will be a bit different.
For most trainees in the medical field, there are “firsts” that we will likely never forget. Some of these — hopefully most of these — are memorable in a good way. But there are some we dread.
“The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.” – Max Beerbohm, essayist of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras Medical school is challenging. At first glance, the sheer volume of information can seem overwhelming, as if the only way to process it all is to simply memorize as much as […]
During the family meeting, as the physician reviews the patient’s prognosis, one family member begins to cry. The physician explains the patient’s condition and, judging by the tone of voice, it does not sound promising. A dozen family members are present for this meeting. The physician describes the vital signs, the infection and the failing […]