N. Gray, MD I’ve definitely said my share of words that weren’t helpful in fragile moments with people who were suffering. Learning to be present without pity, preaching, or patronizing is an art that requires the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and hear your words with their ears. I find I’ve rarely […]Read More Empathy: The Throw Pillow Rule of Thumb…
N. Gray, MD I have witnessed many code status discussions — good, bad, and ugly. Here is a smattering of the “not-so-pretty” code conversation patterns. Keep reading to the end for a suggestion on a better approach… The Menu: This approach leaves patients to pick from an overwhelming array of interventions (pressors, shocks, tubes), some of […]Read More How do YOU discuss Code Status? Cartoons of Common Traps
I kept myself from cartoon “work” while traveling, but found lots of great fodder for sketching and inking to keep me busy during our train rides…Read More Prague and Vienna in Pencil and Ink
I don’t claim to be an expert on medical training, but here’s my diagram of the intern spectrum. It’s been 8 years since I walked into the hospital as an intern, and I’m still searching for that sweet spot myself. To new doctors out there, err on the side of caution… confidence will come later! […]Read More The Intern Spectrum – Cowboy or Cornered Cat?
Will Captain Smartphrase and Databoy be able to find their digital way in the midst of the mindless muck? …Or will they be swallowed into an abyss of cut-and-pasted smart-text? Come back to the Ink Vessel next week(ish) to find out!!Read More The EHR Voyage – Episode 2!!
What will happen to Captain Smartphrase and DataBoy? Will they be lost forever in a sea of meaningless digital flotsam? Come back to The Ink Vessel next week(ish) to find out…Read More Captain Smartphrase and The Electronic Health Record Voyage!!! (Episode 1)