The prospect of helping patients is what attracted neuroscience graduate student Riley Bannon to the field of research, but this semester brought many humbling reminders that it is all too easy to lose sight of the bigger, human picture in translational research.
A medical student reflects on a recent encounter with a patient who shared painful details of his life for the first time.
Nov 30, 2020
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Jun 15, 2017
“It’s not too often the right opportunity with the right person at the right time comes about, and sometimes you just say, ‘This is one of those shots I have to take or I’m going to regret it for the rest of my life,’” said Robert Lord, a co-founder of Protenus, when I sat down […]
Oct 27, 2015
I vividly remember one particular week during my medicine subinternship as the Week of the Pancreas. On the wards, I was caring for two patients with pancreatitis: one acute, one chronic. Then, I admitted a third patient with heretofore-undiagnosed metastatic pancreatic cancer. To top it all off, midweek, I received a phone call from one […]
Sep 25, 2015
One of the most memorable experiences of my medical training was my first home visit. I was a medical student participating in a primary care elective with a physician in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to gaining experience in the clinic setting, I was expected to make a visit to a clinic patient in his/her home. […]
Aug 10, 2015
Before I came to medical school, I had a very simple understanding of the components of patient care. In my mind, all patients had the same basic needs, which physicians provided along the road to cure. After four years, I now realize patient populations are incredibly diverse and far more complex than I could have […]
Jul 6, 2015