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Hard Conversations

Hard Conversations

  Difficult conversations are a hallmark of medicine. Patients and their families rely on us to share the facts about their illnesses that are sometimes hard to hear. While many clinicians begin to do this while training, our effectiveness in these conversations develops throughout a career. Telling a young mother…

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Features

What’s wrong with me?

What’s wrong with me?

For many years and dozens of doctor visits, Amy and her older sister have battled an undiagnosed genetic muscle disease. Since adolescence, when they overexert themselves with exercise, their muscles start to break down, leaving them with significant muscle weakness, soreness and twitching, full body fatigue, headaches and nausea. With…

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What the  Pandemic  is Teaching  Us

What the Pandemic is Teaching Us

It’s too soon to call an end to COVID-19, the worst worldwide pandemic in 100 years, which has killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu. The slow uptake of effective vaccines has enabled the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2, to continue to evolve in dangerous and easily transmissible ways. But it’s not…

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A Cut  Above

A Cut Above

Present a surgeon with a challenging dilemma, and wheels begin turning. By their nature, surgeons are intuitive, adaptive problem-solvers. Think of those children who repaired their own broken toys, who constantly questioned conventional wisdom, and who thought so far outside the box, the box’s walls ceased to exist. Driving these…

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Molecular  Scissors

Molecular Scissors

In a matter of weeks, Jeffrey Rathmell, PhD, and his research team can probe hundreds of genes and identify the ones that matter most in a particular disease model — and might be promising therapeutic targets. Just a decade ago, such a strategy was simply not possible, said Rathmell, Cornelius…

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In My Life

Amy Fleming, MD, MScHPE

Amy Fleming, MD, MScHPE

Associate dean for Medical Student Affairs since 2014 and professor of Pediatrics and professor of Medical Education and Administration U.S. Air Force veteran, following in the footsteps of her father, uncle and grandfathers. Attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate education and medical school and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute…

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Q+A

Q + A: E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH

Q + A: E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH

“Every Deep-Drawn Breath,” released Sept. 7 by Scribner, is the first book for a general readership from pulmonologist and critical care specialist E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, the Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine and founding co-director of the groundbreaking Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship (CIBS) Center. Q: What…

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