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Academic Medicine Podcast

Oct 31, 2022

The medical record from the day before includes a note from the chaplain who wrote that you smiled. I resolve to end more notes this way. The patient smiled.

Medical student Molly Fessler reflects on the profound experience of caring for a patient during their final days.

This essay placed second in the 2022 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest and was published in the November 2022 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at