Complicity, Comparisons, and Making Our Schools Do Better

At a recent event held at the School of Public Health, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Maricela Gomez speak. She is in many ways for me a model of physician activism; trained as a clinician and scientist at Hopkins, she has engaged in direct action and organizing with communities of East Baltimore, particularly […]

Telling Patient Stories: When Advocacy Becomes Exploitation

A common feature of my medical education so far has been the use of clinical cases and patient stories to contextualize, synthesize and very often sensationalize some of the basic science material we are learning. Cases seem to be a staple in the way that physicians talk about their work and their experiences; cases are […]

On Marriage Equality and ‘First Steps’

So today the US Supreme Court passed a ruling overturning state bans on same-sex marriage, legally instituting marriage equality across the entire country. Which is… something. I want to be happy. Well, no, I am happy: I’m happy for the couples who are able to be together and support each other who couldn’t do so before, I’m […]

I’m Still Here!

Just wanted to post quickly to say that I haven’t forgotten about this blog, nor have I run out of things that confuse me enough to write about. Just had a pretty hectic schedule over the past few weeks so haven’t gotten to writing; hopefully will correct that soon!