Reflection (Examined Life Journal 2017)   Monica is staring into my right eye. The opthalmoscope shakes; she sighs and begins again. “Find the red reflex,” I say, in the dual role of teacher and patient. “See it? That’s the lens. Now come in close—really close—and tell me what you see now.” This clinical skills […]

The Little Things

I had the strangest email last night. A woman I didn’t know sent me a message on the physician-only website that we both frequent. She thanked me for my support of Islam in the face of terrible racist comments by some other members. I don’t believe I ever had direct contact with this physician. I […]

No Words

I am searching through the emails Bridget sent. Did I miss something? She sounded excited about her essay, the one that I thought was good enough for publication. I read over a hundred of these papers, part of an interprofessional competency course. Bridget’s was exceptional—reflective, revealing—a fine example of narrative medical writing. I didn’t see […]