Explore this JAMA Internal Medicine series devoted to telling stories about the joys and challenges of practicing general medicine and truths discovered along the way.
This article describes the care of a Jehovah’s Witness patient to highlight the importance of patient-centered care and shared decision-making when treating underrepresented populations at risk for stigmatization by the medical community.
This essay discusses the prevalence of medical jargon and how clinicians can consciously avoid jargon and work to improve communication with patients and their families.
This article assesses the loss of the physical examination amid telehealth visits during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
This essay discusses the need for more diversity in the physician workforce to benefit patients and society.
This essay discusses the difficulties associated with mourning in the time of coronavirus 2019.
This essay describes the author’s adaptations to dystopian changes in hospital procedures and the reverberations throughout her life brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This essay discusses chief residents’ experience at a large internal medicine program in New York City during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
This essay details the services provided by primary care clinicians that are not covered by fee-for-service payments but that are more important to patients, especially near the end of life, than many expensive, unwanted tests for which fee-for-service payments are available.
This Perspective details the unnecessary restrictions on gay men donating blood and the impact of these restrictions on the critical shortages of blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Perspective highlights one physician’s feelings of guilt regarding not directly caring for patients infected with COVID-19.
This essay describes how the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is forcing health care systems to implement new adaptations in delivering services.
This essay details the importance in the COVID-19 era of making the changes needed to ensure that hospitals are safe for all patients who want to use them and, as importantly, to ensure that the patients feel that they are safe.
This Perspective laments the loss of human connection caused by the social and physical distancing of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This essay describes how the author unexpectedly discovered something meaningful about herself, a classmate, and the world in general during an elective class in medical school.
This Perspective highlights the issue of physician suicide and how to potentially address it.
This Perspective addresses the shared decision-making between physicians and patients when evidence-based guidelines might not apply to a patient’s real-life situation.
This article presents 4 lessons derived from improvisational and standup comedy that the author believes will improve clinical care and reduce health disparities among marginalized populations.
This Perspective describes the role of caregivers and how they work with physicians in caring for patients.
In this essay, an internal medicine physician describes caring for a patient who became one of the city’s top medical care users after becoming homeless.
This essay explores how diagnosing disease may be thought of in similar terms as interpreting modern art.
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