My most recent post at Absolutely, Maybe is up. Here’s an excerpt: I recently read this article in Health Affairs regarding the effects of the hidden curriculum on patient safety and, in my usual fashion, have been thinking about it ever since. Dr Joshua Liao describes an experience he had as a medical student on labor and delivery, […]

A little while ago, I decided to make a project out of forgiveness. At the time, I thought this would be a simple task. I would identify those relationships – or perhaps more accurately, those people – who were problematic or with whom I was holding onto anger, and I would let it go. Just […]

Sharecropper, by Elizabeth Catlett.

My latest for Scientific American blogs: I am currently still reveling in Black History Month. Yes, it is no longer February. But I hope to retain that mindfulness, grasping onto this moment each year that forces us to pay attention to the stories of black peoples across America and draws into stark relief how histories […]


The skull was smaller than I expected it to be, shockingly light in my hands. Despite its yellow-stained surface it had the appearance of being well kept, almost as if it had been polished. On the forehead was a simple label: American Idiot. As if that told us everything we needed to know about the […]

So, there’s a little bit of a lull here, but for good reason! I’m guest-blogging over at Hilda Bastian’s blog, Absolutely Maybe, this month. I’ll be discussing medicine and uncertainty, race and trauma, and anything else that comes to mind. For now, though, check out the first post – an introductory interview.

I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about this Gerald Berreman quote from a recent Savage Minds post: “Our professional obligation is to present what we know and the inferences we draw from our knowledge as clearly, thoughtfully, and responsibly as we can. This is a value position with practical and humane consequences and […]

When I was taking stock of 2013, I noticed two frustrating trends that, upon reflection, have been issues for several years. Namely: I have rarely taken any risks, professionally or academically. I start a lot of things that I end up not finishing. These two things are related. Admittedly, I haven’t quite learned how to […]

This PhD comic describes what I am currently trying (but failing) to do, which is write cohesive, coherent papers that don’t ramble on for 30 pages. As such, blogging will begin after the new year, when I am no longer sick of the written word. Happy holidays!


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