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The Blurred Lines Between Doctors and Patients

The Blurred Lines Between Doctors and Patients

Today is Valentine’s Day. It always reminds me of times when doctors become patients yet still are doctors. My son, my first child, was born on Valentine’s Day. I was a first-year attending physician. I was in labor as I completed my rounds and consults for that day. I was in pain when I checked out to the physician who would take over for me. It was uncomfortable for me as I ended my clinical duty, physically and also emotionally. I was blurring the line between physician and patient.

Remembering “L” as we prepare for the Cadaver Memorial

Remembering “L” as we prepare for the Cadaver Memorial

I received my invitation to the class of 2021 cadaver memorial last week. The cadaver memorial is a tradition amongst the Texas A&M College of Medicine students as they complete their anatomy class. The memorial honors the individuals who donated their bodies so that the medical students could learn human anatomy, the foundation for the practice of medicine. The cadaver memorial is a clear manifestation of our Aggie values, especially the value of respect.

The invitation made me think about my own experience as a young medical student.