Newyorican Blues

By Jose Rodriguez, MD A few months back, I felt the need to record my life’s story for my kids, so they could know who I am, and what parts of them came from me.  I started writing this as a book, but I got bored, so I tried making it a book of verse. … Continue reading Newyorican Blues

My Year As a Family Medicine Intern:

By Ben Brown, MD, MPH It was nearly 1 year ago I made my plunge into the proverbial 1st post graduate medical training year also known as ‘Intern’ year. In many ways, it was like jumping from the high dive into the deep end of a pool for the first time. You slowly climb the ladder … Continue reading My Year As a Family Medicine Intern:

What Helps Me Manage Depression

By Rachel Caspar, MD My first responsibility as a physician is to take care of myself. I cannot care for my patients until my own needs are met.  After experiencing depression as a medical student, I now recognize burnout as a life and death issue. I use a number of practices to prevent recurrence by … Continue reading What Helps Me Manage Depression

Vulnerability in Leadership

  By Sonja Van Hala, MD, MPH, FAAFP I was young and inexperienced, and knew it, but also had a sense of adventure. I don’t think I knew what it meant to serve as residency program director. I was only a few years out of residency. And I definitely didn’t know how to supervise faculty, … Continue reading Vulnerability in Leadership

HIV PrEP

By Erika Sullivan, MD We are entering an era where the scourge of HIV/AIDS seems surmountable. Herculean efforts in the fields of infectious disease, immunology and care delivery have made HIV/AIDS a chronic disease, at least here in the United States. To a degree, this represents a fundamental switch for many patients, especially those in … Continue reading HIV PrEP

Life can be meaningful even in the midst of residency.  

By Karl Chen, MD The other day I was sitting at home looking out the window at an achingly crisp, clear blue sky.  A slight, cool breeze was wafting through that open window and faint birdsong accented a view of tree tops in blooms of pink, red, and white.  The blue-tinged mountains were hovering in … Continue reading Life can be meaningful even in the midst of residency.