How important is it for a doctor to want to be a doctor? At first glance, that question is ludicrous. The path to becoming a practicing physician is so long and tortuous that no one would do it if they didn't want to. Right? First, there's the four years of undergraduate education, then four years of medical school, then at least three years of residency. No one has ever suggested that ...

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The patient is a 27-year-old Caucasian woman: slender, well-groomed. She is sitting in the office of her urologist, and she is unconsciously twisting her hands as she interrupts the doctor, having finally worked up the nerve. "I know you told me to expect some pain for a while after the lithotripsy. But I've been having pain in my bladder, even when I don't think there are any stones. It started two ...

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For patients who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, a medical visit can be unexpectedly stressful. LGBTQIA+ people have to keep track of who they're out to and how out they are, especially if they fit more than one letter of the acronym; some people might know they're gay, fewer people might know they're transgender, while some people probably don't know anything about their private life at all. Why does this ...

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