Tales of Survival

Tales of Survival: Night Float

March 16, 2018
Tales of Survival: Night Float

By: Margot Hedlin

Emergencies happen slowly sometimes. His organs were shutting down – first the liver, its failure evident from his skin’s jaundiced hue; then he couldn’t protect his airway, so they intubated him to make sure he’d keep breathing. That afternoon he’d started passing blood with his bowel movements – lots of blood – and the colonoscopy showed countless excoriations. He was bleeding everywhere, with no one area to staunch with coagulants and staples.

It was my fourth shift on night float, and my …

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Facing the Culture of Silence in Medicine

March 2, 2018
Facing the Culture of Silence in Medicine

By Ofole Mgbako, MD

We are at a crossroads. The recent movement of courageous Americans, mostly women, sharing their stories and facing down their abusers, has forced the reexamination of a culture of silence that drives rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment into the shadows.  For too long, this violence has continued unchecked due to hierarchies of power that exist within nearly every sector of our society – from Hollywood to the restaurant industry, from tech to business, from our university system to the military. …

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Tales of Survival: Preserving Empathy for the Caretaker Who Can’t Let Go

January 26, 2018
Tales of Survival:  Preserving Empathy for the Caretaker Who Can’t Let Go

By Scarlett Olivia Murphy, MD

Peer Reviewed

During my recent ICU rotation, I witnessed complicated acts of love between patients and their caretakers as they navigated end-of-life decisions.  I observed many individuals struggle to find the right balance between preserving and palliating their loved one, and I watched patients in turn sacrifice their own comfort to keep their families happy.   When one’s primary obligation is to treat the patient first, this can pose a conundrum, especially when the voice of the patient caretaker becomes louder …

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Tales of Survival: Fury and Forgiveness in the ED

January 19, 2018
Tales of Survival: Fury and Forgiveness in the ED

By Kate Otto Chebly

Peer Reviewed

“She refused the ultrasound!” my resident announced with exasperation, updating our attending on 17-year old, pregnant Mariana, who arrived four hours ago with abdominal pain and an unpleasant attitude that rubbed nearly everyone wrong way.

We could hear the crescendo of Mariana’s expletives from the hallway, as patient transport wheeled her back into our Emergency Department. “That bitch tried to stick a wand inside me!” she yelled out, to no one in particular, to everyone around her. “You all …

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Tales of Survival: Do No Harm

January 12, 2018
Tales of Survival: Do No Harm

By Derek Moriyama, MD

He stared blankly at the ceiling. “Mr. K can you close your eyes?” my attending asked, speaking slowly and clearly, making sure that the patient could hear every word.

There was no response; his gaze remained unrelentingly fixed on the square panels above him, as if they were shooting stars through the night sky.
Trying once more, the senior doctor continued, “Can you squeeze my hand?”

Again, no response.

It was about one month into his hospital stay, half of that …

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Tales of Survival: Red Sox Rivalry

January 5, 2018
Tales of Survival: Red Sox Rivalry

By Kate Otto Chebly

Peer Reviewed

Mr. Williams came to us as so many patients do.

“I just fell down,” he repeated, grumpily, his snaggletooth resting on his cracked, pursed lips.

Our team of eight white coats had descended upon him with rapid fire CIWA questions during morning rounds—the Emergency Department’s workup suggested his fall was secondary to intoxication—but he wasn’t giving up a single hit.

“Have you been feeling sweaty at all today?”

“That’s no one’s business but my own.”

“Do you have a …

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Tales of the Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine House Staff from the ‘60s to Now

November 17, 2017
Tales of the Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine House Staff from the ‘60s to Now

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Clinical Correlations we are presenting a wonderful 4 part series of life as a house officer at Bellevue Hospital in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.   Former resident Olivia Begasse de Dhaem conducted extensive interviews with our faculty who worked at Bellevue in each of these decades.   With guidance from David Oshinksy, Olivia has written a story of what binds our students, residents and faculty and patients together through Bellevue’s rich history.  While much has changed in our …

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Tales of the Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine House Staff from the ‘60s to Now

November 10, 2017
Tales of the Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine House Staff from the ‘60s to Now

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Clinical Correlations we are presenting a wonderful 4 part series of life as a house officer at Bellevue Hospital in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.   Former resident Olivia Begasse de Dhaem conducted extensive interviews with our faculty who worked at Bellevue in each of these decades.   With guidance from David Oshinksy, Olivia has written a story of what binds our students, residents and faculty and patients together through Bellevue’s rich history.  While much has changed in our …

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