Title

Heartbeat

Division

Gulf Coast

Hospital

Tulane Medical Center

Document Type

Prose/Poetry

Keywords

Grief, critical care, wellness, infertility, women's health, palliative care

Description

I wrote this piece after going through six years of infertility while practicing as a hospitalist and palliative-care doctor. I realized over time that I was pushing my own grief to the sidelines in order to focus on my medical work and that, ultimately, I would need to break this cycle in order to make peace with everything I had been through. Now that I am responsible for training fellows in a palliative-care program I have thought much more about the demands we place on doctors and the necessary space we should be allowing for them to process personal loss.

Comments

First Place Winner, Prose and Poetry

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