From the Wards

Jeffrey Herrala Jeffrey Herrala (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Harvard Medical School

Jeff Herrala is a fourth year medical student at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts Class of 2020. In 2016, he graduated first in his class at the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in biology and mandarin Chinese. He enjoys film-making, competition formation skydiving, and playing board games with loved ones in his free time. After graduating medical school, Jeff would like to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

From Hanoi to the Streets: One Prisoner of War’s Path to Homelessness

“I robbed my first bank when I was nine years old,” said Mr. L in the same matter-of-fact tone he always used when he shared equally shocking self-proclamations. Mr. L was a plump, grey-haired man in his seventies whose hooked wooden cane was never out of arm’s reach. His toothless grin and honeyed southern twang softened his otherwise hardened demeanor.


I had been invited to the general surgery journal club. In the sweltering heat of a southern summer, I dressed as crisply as possible because I had no idea what to expect. While I embraced this opportunity, I had only been invited because another medical student had fallen ill.

Terms and Conditions

Training to become a physician is not only about acquiring knowledge, but also learning to impart that knowledge upon others — most importantly, our patients. But, in this process of knowledge transfer, is it possible that the information we deliver becomes akin merely to the terms and conditions of a software agreement, the obligatory pop-up hastily scrolled through and accepted by the user — in this case, the patient?

Let Me Go

I had not yet guided a ‘goals of care’ discussion. This is the discussion that entails understanding a patient’s wishes regarding end of life care, and it is often in the context of determining what advanced medical interventions the patient might want. That day, my short white coat felt shorter, like it was yelling out to everyone I encountered that I had no idea what I was doing.

Rohini Bhatia Rohini Bhatia (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rohini is a newly graduated physician from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York class of 2019. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in epidemiology. She enjoys spontaneous dance parties, discussions of global health over potluck dinners, and trivia nights. She will be pursuing a residency in radiation oncology in her home state of Maryland.