Monthly Archives: September 2010

We Can Do Better (without the R-word)

Those who know me would never accuse me of being politically correct. Besides the “N-word,” though, there is one word that crosses not just “the line” but a line that should never be crossed.  It is generally misused and incredibly … Continue reading

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Finding Your Voice

A friend, who is a new medical resident, confided that she was frustrated on her latest hospital rotation because one of the attending physicians made it a sport of intimidating anyone within spitting-while-yelling-at-you distance.  She confessed that her fear was … Continue reading

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Ready to Save a Life?

Last Thursday, my best friend, Dena, posted the following message on Facebook:  “Had a surprise visit today at work from someone who I knew for less than 30 minutes, and haven’t seen in 7 years. We shared a moment today … Continue reading

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The Break-up Letter

I have never received a “Dear John” (or even a “Dear Benjamin”) letter before.  Sure, I have had my share of breakups on the bumpy road of dating that eventually lead me down a seemingly mile-long aisle to an exchange … Continue reading

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September 11; then and now

September 11. 9/11, to some. The day that planes crashed, buildings fell, and loved ones died. For the past nine years, I have joined much of the nation in struggling to deal with the anniversary of the worst day in … Continue reading

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Empathy: Learned But Not Taught

We want our doctors to not only care for us but also care about us and be empathetic to our pain and our fears. Continue reading

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Lessons from a 3-year-old’s broken arm

Though she’s an accomplished specialist in the world of dentistry, an expert in head and neck anatomy (trust me, the most complicated part of the human body!), and an adored professor for medical and dental students, she wrote: “Enjoy the DAD part the most – it is the most difficult part, but the most rewarding.” Continue reading

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