Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine



first time with your eyes my name is Andrea Riley I'm a primary care physician at Mass General Hospital back Bay health care center I take care of adults and children every day almost as a surprise in some ways I mean I feel like that's one of the privileges about medicine is that it's never the same the most challenging aspects of being a primary care physician it's not so much the care of the medical problems but the entire fabric of difficulties that encompass a person's life trying to help them change dangerous habits or trying to help them extract themselves from damaging situations in their life and then as a doctor trying to deal with that personally when you see someone suffering on many different levels it can be very trying self-reflection and honesty is is crucial to be able to keep water in the well and keep us fresh so that we have something to provide all the time to our patients the literature medicine program is a group funded by masks humanities and it is a group of clinicians of different training backgrounds doctors nurses and also non clinicians who come together once a month and talk about different readings these sessions really help with self-reflection and that's a piece that's missing in our regularly scheduled busy days is that we have patient care and we have teaching but there's no moments for self-reflection built into the normal day of a physician schedule and these writings these stories that we read they're fiction nonfiction poems essays plays allow us to tap into reflections on those experiences we can express with one another our frustrations our difficulties in taking care of patients are personal failures and it's it's a very open setting and a safe setting that allows us to do that and that really is an added piece that allows ourselves as physicians to heal and also allows us to take better care of our patients I suppose the thing I've learned about myself through doing this group is that there's always something new to learn that we never know at all and there's always another perspective to be learned by walking in someone else's shoes and that we really need to step outside of ourselves and listen to listen well you

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