Explore JAMA’s A Piece of My Mind essays, real-life stories from physicians about the joys and challenges of practicing medicine in the modern era.
In this narrative medicine essay, the author shares how he assembled the tools to help him manage his pain from fibromyalgia and argues for reuniting pain medicine with compassion.
This article describes the benefits of maintaining a long-term physician-patient relationship rather than the trend toward more temporary relationships.
This article presents the perspective of parents who have children affected by acute flaccid myelitis and the importance of early awareness, intervention, and advocacy.
In this narrative medicine essay, an MD-PhD candidate purssuing a graduate degree in the history of medicine uses her study of an early HIV/AIDS archive to reflect on the importance of history in contribution to a proper understanding of contemporary health care and policy and on its vital role in teaching students empathy and emotional intelligence.
This personal narrative examines the sudden end of an ill spouse’s medical career through the metaphor of a surfing mishap.
In this narrative medicine essay, 2 female physicians recount uncomfortable moments during their training when patients made inappropriate comments, and they challenge teaching physicians to address such comments in real time to educate patients and defend an equitable learning environment for trainees.
This essay discusses the use of “I” statements in communicating a prognosis to patients.
This article illustrates how social media can create new communities within medicine and, in particular, advance gender equity in oncology.
In this narrative medicine essay, the author mourns the suicide of young adult of a friend and relives his brother’s suicide 30 years earlier in a stream of consiousness montage of grief and advice to succor for those left behind.
This essay describes the author’s relationship with her dog and how caring for an animal relates to treating a person.
In this narrative medicine essay, two physicians write to their gravely ill 4-year-old daughter promising to try and remain hopeful despite their inability to protect her.
This personal essay recounts an example of the complexities of informed consent.
This essay describes the process of coming to an understanding of grief following the death of a family member who had cancer.
This Perspective describes a Vietnam veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder including a debilitating startle response refractory to treatment.
This Perspective uses an end-of-life care vignette to illustrate the need to clarify the meaning of the term comfort care.
This essay describes the author’s experiences with inappropriate behavior by patients and their families and proposes techniques to overcome this challenge when treating these patients.
This personal essay describes the ways in which an excessive focus on electronic health records can lead physicians to behave in ways that mimic the symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders.
In this article, the author discusses his struggles with hope and delusion in his personal experience with renal cell carcinoma.
This essay describes the author’s experience with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and how it has translated to her medical career.
In this narrative medicine essay, a 51-year-old physician explains her decision to quit her private practice to begin a 1-year specialty fellowship.
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