Tulane Medical Center
Grief, critical care, wellness, infertility, women's health, palliative care
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.