“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”/She keeps repeating herself.
Many patient encounters, often brief, have left me with a lasting impression. I reflect on these moments by capturing the dialogue, gestures or quiet observations that occur when caring for patients.
My mother likes to tell the story of how, as a small child, I referred to the superficial wounds sustained in my first head-over-handlebars accident as an “abrasion.” I remember staring at my knee, fascinated by my body’s ability to heal itself. The sacred anatomy of wounds, atoms as spacious as galaxies, coalescing and woven with no instruction of my own to renew what had been lost.
“This one is a handful. She brought a long list, too, so good luck with that,” the nurse said as she handed me the patient prep sheet. This was a new patient to the family medicine practice. I was seeing her near the end of a long day, so I took a deep breath to reset my mind as I entered the exam room, prepared to listen.
Beau Vidrine, who recently matched into family medicine at LSU Health Lake Charles, joins us today to share the recipe for the perfect omelette, succeeding on the wards and more.
Chivon Stubbs, who recently matched into family medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, joins us today to share about medical school and her journey to family medicine.