Even as the U.S. grows more diverse, the medical profession is slow to follow



I’ve never cared for a Hmong child, but I often think about what it would be like. The summer before we started medical school, I and other students were advised to read Anne Fadiman’s “The [...]

How can you tell whether your doctor is any good?



On my last night of residency, a friend and I swapped our most memorable stories. We recalled the nights of panic and triumph caring for dozens of critically ill patients, about the day — okay, [...]

Telemedicine is getting trendy, but doctors may not be keeping up



For years, doctors have been told to look at the patient — not the computer — when providing medical care. What we haven’t been told is what to do when there’s only a computer. Telemedicine is [...]

Essay: Trump’s immigration policies make me fear for my patients



As I was deciding whether to intubate my new patient — a 23-year-old man, ravaged by cancer, clearly struggling to breathe — his mother handed me two envelopes. In broken English, she urged me to [...]

As a doctor, I see how a lack of health insurance worsens illness and suffering



When I first met my patient, I didn’t know why he’d been vomiting. It turned out to be for the worst reason. He’d been losing weight and energy for months. He’d occasionally seen blood in the [...]