Washington-Post PPE-clad doctor comforts lonely elderly covid 19 patient The doctor's new role: family member, hug, hand...heartbreaking photo shows PPE-clad doctor comforting lonely, elderly covid-19 patient
Contributor: Francesca CiminoDecember 28, 2020Topics: / / Keywords: / /
nejm_logo1a Reentry This is a NEJM perspective piece written by a palliative care doctor in NYC in light of the COVID pandemic. A snippet: "From March to June 2020, I led a palliative care team embedded in our hospital’s Covid ICU. We spoke to countless families over the phone and by Zoom calls to tell them their loved ones were critically ill, getting sicker, and eventually, dying. When the prognosis seemed dire, we recommended transitioning to comfort-focused care. And in patients’ final hours and days, we held iPads at their bedsides so that family members around the world could say goodbye."
Contributor: Francesca CiminoDecember 22, 2020Topics: / / Keywords: / /
bb Unlocking Us: Comparative Suffering, the 50/50 Myth, and Settling the Ball (24min) We have collectively hit weary. This is especially true for the brave folks on the front lines of this pandemic and for the people who love and support them. And, it’s also true for all of us. In this episode, Brene Brown talks about strategies for falling apart, staying connected + kind, and giving ourselves permission to feel hard things.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoApril 13, 2020Topics: / / / / Keywords:
thriving-in-scrubs Thriving in Scrubs: How Much Time Do I Have, Doctor? Fictional accounts of medical encounters often feature the conversation when a patient asks their doctor to predict the outcome of their disease. Doctors in real life have to answer these questions, too, but without the benefit of a pre-written script. Thinking about prognostication means trying to answer difficult questions, but more importantly trying to get to the heart of what the patient may really be wondering. It’s about trying to connect with the heart of what patients need in times of uncertainty about their health. It’s also about understanding how these conversations affect us doctors as people who struggle with some of the same questions ourselves.
Contributor: Adam SapersteinOctober 30, 2019Topics: / / / / / / Keywords: /
The Lens of Genetic Disease This is a poignant blog written by a mom with a daughter diagnosed with Batten disease. The incredible part is that her daughter and another of the girls mentioned in the blog were treated with a rapid gene- therapy and may be cured of their disease. This is a reflection on that journey, the hope, and the worry.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoOctober 13, 2019Topics: /
A birth plan for dying Hanna Neuschwander grapples with ending a wanted pregnancy, and finds that “right” or “wrong” fail to describe the moral reckoning.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoOctober 1, 2018Topics: / / / Keywords: / /
cnn What happens when a patient says, "Doc, help me die." Mercy, compassion - does this fade at the end of life? Does ending a life conflict with our values as physicians? Read for one physician's perspective.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoApril 2, 2018Topics: / / / / / / Keywords: / / / /
YouTube Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care If you could put your feet into your patient's shoes--see what they see, hear what they hear, and feel what they feel--would you treat them differently?
Contributor: Araina FordSeptember 14, 2017Topics: / / / / / / / Keywords: / / /
tedmed_wh_rgb What makes a life worth living in the face of death In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience — living and dying, love and loss — is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. "Being human doesn't happen despite suffering — it happens within it."
Contributor: Francesca CiminoMay 31, 2017Topics: / / / / / / Keywords: / /