They are intangible, as intangible as the space that the death of a loved one leaves behind. There is emptiness where there was once-occupied space. The past tense supersedes the present and definitely any aspect of the future tense and verse. Where they are supposed to be — in our homes, in our cars, at our kitchen tables, out to dinner with us, in our arms — there are only ...

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Dear future colleague, What a tremendous thing it is to know you are becoming a physician!  You are devoting your life and talents to the betterment of the health of your future patients, your local community, and our entire society.  You have responded to the call to serve in a profession that is hundreds of years old, steeped in tradition but vehemently progressive, always changing, and vowing to remain abreast of ...

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I received the sign-out from a colleague that he was to be transferred out of the medical intensive care unit to our service, as we were the team on call that evening.  My intern and I prepared to see him in the unit before he was moved to our floor, which involved reviewing his chart and having preliminary discussions about continuing his care. Soon after, we arrived to the unit, checked ...

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He stood still.  He was virtually stymied at the request she made.  I, as a visiting medical student rotating on the cardiology consultation service over which this brilliant, accomplished attending cardiologist with advanced interventional training presided, myself stood befuddled when he, in essence, appeared like a deer caught in the headlights after his patient asked him one simple question:  “Doctor, could you please pray with me?” The truth is he, like ...

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I walked silently into the pristinely decorated room of the hospice facility and was greeted by her family.  She lay there, not particularly responsive to her surroundings under the pressure and influences of metastatic stomach cancer.  The warmness and smiles on the faces of her family told me that at some point and somehow, in the midst of actively witnessing the transition of their mother, aunt, sister, and grandmother, they ...

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