Empathy Over Sympathy: How we react to the suffering of others.

I attended a lecture during my third year of medical school as a part of a joint OB/GYN and Pediatric Grand Rounds on helping mothers through fetal loss. The lecturer asked the audience whether they felt empathy or sympathy, as the healthcare provider in difficult situations such as these. Hands creeped up hesitantly, clearly unsure

The Tools in Our Box

 “I have learned an appreciation for silence from the talkative, openness from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran I like to imagine that we enter into this world with an empty toolbox and that the things we are dealt in life are the