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

My doctor’s love is important to me, but he does not know.

“My doctor’s love is as important to me as his chemotherapy, but he does not know.” I read this sentence and tears roll down my cheeks. I am alone on a hilltop somewhere without a name in New Zealand and the sun is out and everything is idyllic but I am weeping. This sentence hits

Set-Backs & Steps-Forward.

“Have you ever experienced burnout?” the program director asks me. “Of course,” I answer. “Tell me about it,” he says. I’m interviewing for a residency position in Emergency Medicine and I could just cry I’m so happy this question is being asked–and by a program director, no less. The notes section of my phone and