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Should Your Kids Be Doctor?

In this edition of the Physician Grind Narratives, Dr. Amit Suneja asks a basic question: Should your kids be doctors? The state of medicine is headed in a troubling direction . Access to care is becoming harder. Physicians are being overworked resulting in high rates of burnout. What does it say about the system when physicians would not want their children to follow in their footsteps?

Best, Wang Shi Kai Email 5 Part 1

In this edition of the Physician Grind Narratives, Dr. Rich AKA Wang Shi Kai returns to share with us more insights from his experience working as an Emergency Physician in China. He describes how the patient doctor relationship is broken. "A recent survey at my hospital found that almost 90% of respondents said they had been victims of physical abuse by patients.”

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.

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...