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Academic Medicine Podcast

Jan 11, 2021

“The ability to meet patients where they are, to give them what they need to rise again—perhaps even stronger than before—is ultimately to me what it means to be a doctor.”

Second-year neurology resident, Dr. Nara Michaelson, offers a fresh look at the basic acts of healing as its life-sustaining impact unfolds during one of Nara’s inpatient encounters.

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the December 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at