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Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe Opinion A PIECE OF MY MIND Orientation at Rush Medical College was a whirlwind I replied, “Yes, you are dying.” I sat in a plastic chair, Elizabeth Levin, MD ofactivity.Frombeingfittedforourwhitecoats,tostand- my usual perch where I sat to explain liver function tests Department of Internal Medicine, Hennepin ing in a line to make sure our immunizations were up to or a HIDA scan, as she told me more about her plans. She County Medical Center, date, and taking a boat tour of Chicago, I almost forgot was going to send her son to Atlanta to stay with family Minneapolis, I would soon embark on my journey toward becoming because she didn’t want him to see her die. As she spoke, Minnesota. a physician and a patient advocate. I began to cry. More tears followed; I could not stop my- As we settled into orientation, many speakers came self. As I continued to cry, she cried as well. I knew she to talk to us. The one whose message stuck with me was was upset with herself, and me, because she felt crying ayoungpalliativecarephysicianwhogavealectureabout was a sign of weakness. the excitement of working with patients; as she started Despite my best http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Learning to Breathe

JAMA , Volume 314 (3) – Jul 21, 2015

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2015.3448
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26197180
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Abstract

Opinion A PIECE OF MY MIND Orientation at Rush Medical College was a whirlwind I replied, “Yes, you are dying.” I sat in a plastic chair, Elizabeth Levin, MD ofactivity.Frombeingfittedforourwhitecoats,tostand- my usual perch where I sat to explain liver function tests Department of Internal Medicine, Hennepin ing in a line to make sure our immunizations were up to or a HIDA scan, as she told me more about her plans. She County Medical Center, date, and taking a boat tour of Chicago, I almost forgot was going to send her son to Atlanta to stay with family Minneapolis, I would soon embark on my journey toward becoming because she didn’t want him to see her die. As she spoke, Minnesota. a physician and a patient advocate. I began to cry. More tears followed; I could not stop my- As we settled into orientation, many speakers came self. As I continued to cry, she cried as well. I knew she to talk to us. The one whose message stuck with me was was upset with herself, and me, because she felt crying ayoungpalliativecarephysicianwhogavealectureabout was a sign of weakness. the excitement of working with patients; as she started Despite my best

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 21, 2015

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