At the end of each year, we look back at The Doctor’s Tablet and share some of our most popular pieces from the previous 12 months. Our faculty, student and staff contributors wrote some terrific posts, but the three below stood out and attracted the most attention from readers. Each of these posts relates a different part of Einstein’s mission to provide medical education and research that is focused on quality and compassionate health care.
“Dr. Novikoff had entered the men’s room in order to urinate; I’d entered it 15 minutes earlier in order to have a good cry. Concerned at finding me standing in front of the sink consumed with tears, Dr. Novikoff asked what was wrong, and if there was anything he could do to help.”
From Getting into Medical School: Perspective on Unexpected Support by Dr. Robert Marion
“We train our medical students in how to convey “bad news,” but neurosurgery, as much as oncology, makes exorbitant demands in expecting practitioners to show appropriate sensitivity to patients and families when dealing with consequences such as paralysis, coma and death. Marsh illustrates this beautifully in juxtaposing a chapter on a patient with a large meningioma with one concerning his own infant son who turns out to have hydrocephalus caused by a rare, “benign” choroid plexus papilloma.”
From Searching for a Neurosurgeon by Dr. Allen M. Spiegel
“As medical students and providers, we may encounter queer youth before, while or after they experience violence and mental-health issues. Though the challenges they endure are systemic, entrenched problems, we can start by examining our personal relationships with our patients.”
From What M.D. Students Should Know about Treating LGBTQ Youth Affected by Violence by Olivia “Livy” Low
Thanks to all of our readers for taking the time to read, comment and share what you have read here in 2016; we wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!