Tag: humanism in medicine

Emma Martin Emma Martin (2 Posts)

Editor-in-Chief

University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine


Emma is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She is applying into otolaryngology. Her research interests include advancement of vestibular function testing, particularly in the pediatric population, as well as optimizing and improving medical education.

She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in biology and a minor in religious studies. She has been a stickler for grammar and sentence structure since elementary school. Her two primary non-medical interests are cats and hockey.




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.

Charles Surette Charles Surette (4 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Boston University School of Medicine


Charles Surette is a fourth year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. In 2016, he graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He is passionate about storytelling as a means of exploring the experience of working in medicine. His other interests include food, theatre, travel and supporting all Boston sports teams. After medical school, Charles would like to pursue a career in psychiatry.