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Academic Medicine Podcast

Feb 10, 2020

"I look away from the microscope. I close my eyes, escaping the objective truth of these ever-present blasts and settling into the memory of butterflies set free into blue August skies at Adam’s funeral. For a moment, I find relief within the comfort of darkness, a brief respite from bright light."

Resident Trisha Paul (@trishakpaul2) describes learning about a young patient Adam both from the patient himself earlier in her education and through a microscope from his blood work some time later.  

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