Patient-ness

Respiratory Distress

August 8, 2011 Amy Patient-nessResidency

Its the middle of the night when I meet a teenager with a terrible disease that is a slow, gradual but inevitable death. Cystic Fibrosis. She has a giant pneumothorax and a chest tube to let it drain. Her lung function is 40% of what it should be. She has done all the right things. […]

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Biking Grace

July 16, 2011 Amy Disability StuffJesusPatient-ness

My low point of medical school was not my step 1 exam studying, not my surgery rotation or even breaking my arm on the first overnight ED shift (ironic), it was a beautiful September day in my beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.  The next day was the start of my pediatric rotation but I had come […]

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The ivory tower has a view

June 20, 2011 Amy GeneralPatient-nessRandomResidencyThe Future

Occasionally I stare down from my ivory tower of my home away from home… my premier world famous childrens hospital into the rainy streets  below and ponder the ironies of where I stand. I am among a very friendly, although intense community of young physicians who inspire me and challenge me.  They also want to […]

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SOAPBOX

February 25, 2011 Amy ChildrenDisability StuffFamilyFriendsPatient-nessResidencyThe Future

President Obama’s budget as it stands will substantially slash pediatric graduate medical education (PEDIATRIC RESIDENCIES) and funding for all of our nation’s childrens hospitals on Sept 30. The current plan would force many smaller pediatric training programs particularly the primary care based programs to have to close their doors to new residents. Larger programs would […]

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Transition Epic Fail

February 23, 2011 Amy Disability StuffPatient-nessRandomResidency

So the hip is going and I need a steroid shot. Ideally I would like to go to Baltimore and have my surgeon see me and do it. It takes about two minutes and it works for three months. He wipes the site with a etoh pad, shoots a fluro image, shoots me up and […]

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