When Altruism Goes Wrong

In this edition of the Physician Grind Narratives first time contributor, Whi Inh Shirley Bae, shares with us a story from her premed days. She was bright eyed and bushy tailed when she found an abused woman in the waiting room of the emergency department she was volunteering at. Instead of finding a social worker to help the woman, Shirley decided to take matters into her own hands.

Unbeknownst to the Patient

In this edition of the Physician Grind Narratives Heaveen recalls her time shadowing in an Emergency Department during her first year of medical school. An altered patient is brought in by paramedics. The patient’s work up revealed a STEMI and within moments Heaveen is running with the transport team through the halls of the hospital as the patient is transferred to the cath lab.

Best, Wang Shi Kai Email 3 Part 2

In this conclusion of the third email from Wang Shi Kai, he shares with us more insights from his time practicing medicine in China. He shares stories of corruption in the form of kickbacks to doctors prescribing antibiotics, challenges faced by his Emergency Medicine Fellow, and much more. Narrative Medicine. Doctor Blog. Physician Blog. Emergency Medicine

"Are you a terrorist?"

In this month's post of the Physician Grind, Dr. Nagpal shares a story of the time a complete stranger asked him, "Are you a terrorist?" The stranger felt this question was appropriate given the appearance of Dr. Nagpal and his family. After that upsetting incident, Dr. Nagpal returned to his PM&R practice and received another racist comment, this time from a patient.

Racism, Microaggression, Stereotype, Narrative Medicine, Physician Stories, Life of a Doctor. 

The Pepsi Center Blew Up

It’s the first day of my first ER rotation as an intern. I had endured months on Medicine, Neurosurgery and the Medical ICU and I am finally home, back in the ER. I am hoping that today will be a somewhat slow day so that I can ease my way back into the swing of things. As I walk around the department I begin to notice that everyone is moving around frantically. I find the senior resident. Without saying a word, he hands me a vest that says physician. "What’s going on?" I ask him. He looks at me and chuckles. The Pepsi Center blew up...