The day where life that was, isn’t and that wasn’t now is

In 24 hours I’ve witnessed life entering this world and I’ve witnessed it exit. In one day, I delivered a baby for the first time on my own. And for the first time also, I was present as the body of a person who wasn’t sick failed on our watch, suddenly and without warning–a mother

Sometimes wrong, but never in doubt.

While in medical school, I heard the phrase “a good surgeon is sometimes wrong, but never in doubt” often quoted. I realize that this mantra most certainly has it’s role in surgery—a place where debating the diagnosis and course of action means potentially delaying emergently life-saving treatment. By not being able to immediately decide whether

Progress isn’t always linear, and that doesn’t mean it’s failure.

NONLINEAR PROGRESS DOESN’T = FAILURE I typed these words in a note to myself last week as I was leaving a meeting with a mentor back in Virginia during a trip home. She asked how residency was going and I started to say “good,” but as the word left my mouth I realized it wasn’t

My Yoga Journey

I found yoga, as many do, without really looking for it. My mom dragged me to a few classes with her while I was in high school, partly for company and partly with the hopes that something, anything would calm me down. Growing up I was tightly-wound, persistently restless, hopelessly perfectionistic, impulsive and strong-spirited to the

How to cultivate wellness WITHIN the workplace (not just outside of it).

It’s no secret that I’m a fierce advocate for the importance of self care (check out my feature in the recent edition of EVMS magazine highlighting the necessary wellness-focused culture shift in American medical training below). Some of the issues I’m most passionate about within the medical field are humanism in medicine, burnout, the power

This is the year.

Today I’m entering into 2017 so deeply connected to my truth, that nothing needs orchestrating. This is the year I become a physician, the year that I officially join the field of Emergency Medicine. This is the year I move to a place I’ve never lived without anyone I’ve ever known beside me. This is