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Identities: Removing Some and Growing Others – Endings and Beginnings

Identities: Removing Some and Growing Others – Endings and Beginnings

By Mick Krasner, MD

For 30 days In April and May of 2023, I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for over 800 kilometers in Northern Spain. There are several pilgrim paths on the Camino, and I walked the Camino del Norte which hugs the northern coastline of the Iberian peninsula before turning inland for the final few days before arriving in Santiago

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Remembering and forgetting

Remembering and forgetting

By Ron Epstein, MD

When I am teaching, I frequently quote Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi’s aphorism “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.”

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Strange Brew

Strange Brew

By Mick Krasner, MD

On a recent holiday traveling with eight of my family members, I was reminded of the song by the classic rock band, Cream, ‘Strange Brew’. How I got there, at least as far as I can trace the sequence of thoughts that led me, was first a reflection on how very different and at the same time very similar a group of closely or loosely related human beings can be,

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Noticing the Exquisite

Noticing the Exquisite

By Ron Epstein, MD

I have just completed two weeks of inpatient service in palliative care. The work is fraught, filled with challenges and unsolvable problems faced by those with intolerable suffering…

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What is Your Why?

What is Your Why?

By Mick Krasner, MD

There are leaders, and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority. Those who lead inspire us. We follow those who lead not for them but for ourselves. And it is those who start with “why” that can inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.
Simon Sinek- author of Start with Why

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Shared mind

Shared mind

By Ron Epstein, MD

In addition to my teaching and clinical work, I lead research teams devoted to helping patients and their families have a voice in their care and helping clinicians develop the skills to communicate effectively,

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Ninety seconds for the patient

Ninety seconds for the patient

By Ron Epstein, MD

So often we listen to respond, not to understand. As doctors, we are trained to respond; we are doers, we get to the point, take charge and fix.

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Considering who a physician is

Considering who a physician is

By Mick Krasner, MD

In many ways, choosing a career in medicine offers opportunities found in a few other professions. It can be described quite simply as the opportunity to work within one’s integrity.

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The ambiguity of grief

The ambiguity of grief

By Ron Epstein, MD

Having recently lost my mother to a long illness, the Orpheus myth speaks to me personally. A different kind of love, admittedly, but the themes of longing, grief, uncertain endings, loss, redemption – looking back and not looking back – sing clearly with me.

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