Looking back, we should have looked forward.

Ever end up somewhere you didn’t really want to be? It happens to all of us on occasion, in our personal and professional lives. In some cases, these events are just inconvenient detours. But sometimes, they can be disastrous. Prior to my medical career, I spent several years in the Navy, where navigation is a […]

Do Less in 2017

It’s the start of a brand new year, and it’s a time of year when people tend to add things to their lives. They make resolutions to go to the gym 5 times a week, volunteer with their church or a community organization, or read a book every month. Maybe they decide it’s finally time […]

2017 isn’t any better. But you are.

In a matter of hours, we’ll all watch the ball drop and welcome a brand new year. My social media feeds have been full of people talking about how relieved they are that 2016 is finally over. And I see where they’re coming from. There’s been a lot of turmoil around the world, as well […]

The Day I Became a Dad

I’ve had a number of formative experiences so far in my medical career. There are patients I will never forget—some because they were inspiring, and some because they were heartbreaking. The patients that died no matter how hard I worked to save them, and the ones that recovered after I had given up hope. The […]

Seagulls and Cupcakes

The day before I began my second year of medical school, I spent the day at the beach with my daughter, who had just celebrated her third birthday. Most of my classmates had spent their “last summer ever” traveling or doing research, but I had chosen to take the time off to make up for […]

The Night My Heart Stopped Beating

I think sometimes healthcare workers forget what it’s like to be patients. But I’ve been there, and I know how frustrating and scary it can be. I remember one night, I was lying in a hospital bed, resting peacefully. I heard a noise and opened my eyes to a room full of chaos. Nurses everywhere. A crash cart. Someone […]