Tomorrow’s lessons

Dear --------, You were my patient for four days. On the first day, we treated your many diseases. On the second day, we removed all but comfort measures. When I arrive at the hospital...

Health Care Equity Week 2015

  Note: If you’d like to get involved with HCEW, please contact Taryn Hansen (cansler@ohsu.edu) First and second year medical students spend a lot of time in classrooms. Despite...

Students Teaching Students: Passion, Collaboration, Innovation

“Students Teaching Students: Passion, Collaboration, Innovation” originally appeared on the blog, Wing of Zock. Larissa Guran wrote last month about our “Leadership, Education, and...

Understanding the symbolic power of my white coat, part II

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about deciding whether or not to wear my white coat at a protest about recent events in Ferguson, MO, and Staten Island, examples of the more widespread problem of...

Understanding the symbolic power of my white coat

Like many Americans, I have been confused, surprised, angered and saddened (often all at the same time) by recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York and too many other cities across our...

What do you think she meant?

On Monday morning, I was sick. I also had an immunology exam at 8am. Bristling from the cruel irony, I stopped at a Starbucks near the highway in yoga pants, a T-shirt, and my OHSU badge at...

A little bit luckier

For two harrowing weeks, I experienced the health care system from the other side. My grandmother, visiting from India, had a fall that turned into an emergency room visit that turned into an...

Donor Memorial Service

I want to write about the Donor Memorial Service that we had for the men and women who donated their bodies to further our medical education. I want to write about the sadness and grief we...

Agree to Disagree

In many professions, “difference of opinion” is code for “all out conflict” or “war.” When you “agree to disagree,” you are often agreeing to part ways. This is the case in the...

“…just, like, acting like a human.”

“It’s just, like, acting like a human.” A fellow first year medical student eloquently summarized our Principles of Clinical Medicine class. The “techniques” we practice seem basic on...