Human: Voices of Tomorrow's Doctors

Human: Voices of Tomorrow's Doctors

Human: Voices of Tomorrow's Doctors

Human: Voices of Tomorrow's Doctors


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Medical professionals are often viewed as a special breed of stoic figures whose tough grace allows them to stay strong as they confront human frailty and tragedy on a daily basis. Human is a new anthology that aims to dispel this unhelpful line of thought, revealing a more realistic picture of individuals shaped by forces—good and bad—just like the rest of us. Collecting writing from medical students around the world, Human aims to demystify medical education by showing the vulnerability in a group typically viewed as indestructible. It also seeks to remind medical trainees that, even though it may feel like their lives have been put on hold for the sake of their education, they are continually growing and evolving, and as worthy of love and a full life as anyone else—in short, that they are human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512603330
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tolu Kehinde is a student at the Geisel School of Medicine and MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Foreword Samuel Shem xi

Introduction xvii

1 Firsts 1

Unforgettable 1

The Blank Slate of Delivery 2

Staying Alive 4

The Sound of Silence 7

Transitions 9

My First Patient 10

First Night Shift 11

Code Blue 12

We Are Not That Different, You and Me 16

2 Sojourner 18

Five Thousand Miles 18

Physician: Healer and Historian 19

The Journey That is Third Year 21

A Year of Firsts 26

Milk, Milk, Milk 28

Secret Languages 30

3 Islands, and the Bridges Between 34

To Flames, and Those That Fan Them 34

History-Taking Tips from Grandma 36

Letter to Wanita Armstrong 37

Your Story Could Be Mine 40

Listen to Empower 41

Intake 43

Bert 44

Out of Silence, Into Medicine 45

Oui, Je peux! 47

Ubuntu 50

4 Self-Doubt 51

F is for Anatomy 51

Knowing 52

Time Within These Walls 53

You Have Not Arrived 56

You'll Become A Fine Doctor 57

Feb 3, 2016 58

Always Remember: A Letter to Medical Students, Interns, Residents, Fellows, and Junior Faculty 59

Remember 60

Medicine: A Lifelong Journey 61

5 Coping 63

A Dawn in Fog 63

The Trainee's Interface 64

Sun Salutations 65

Stress Dreams 67

Taking A Drink From the Fire Hydrant 68

Focus 69

Fridays 71

I Am Your Doctor 71

Balance 73

… If Just For a Little While 74

In a Bubble of Happiness 74

Retained Guilt 76

The Stuff of Nightmares 77

Conflicted 77

6 Mistakes and Nadirs 79

Untitled 79

Finding Humanity 80

Foamy 85

What Medical School Has Taught Me 86

Broken 87

7 Physician, Heal Thyself 89

Fighting Flight 89

Snow Day 90

Needles and Insulin 93

Through the Dark 94

Where Do Broken Hearts Go? 96

Depth 98

Upwards and Onwards 99

8 Pulseless 102

Rigor Mortis 102

Shadow of Death 103

Death and the Intern Experience 105

Your Feet Were Cold As Ice 107

Nails 108

My Work of Breathing 110

Autopsy 111

The Red Line 113

Eyelashes 117

Preparing for Death 119

9 Prodigal 125

Code Switch 125

Dr. Wife to Mrs. Mom 126

Returning to Once Familiar Territory 128

10 Adult Dreams 131

(Un)twisted 131

Wretch: Lost, Found, and Lost Again 132

Notes to the Powers That Be 141

Lessons from the ED 142

Time 142

The Doctor's Doctor 143

Race-Based Medicine 146

Stay Alert, Stay Alive 151

Invisible Women 153

Three Days in the ICU 156

Conclusion 161

Acknowledgments 165

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