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Academic Medicine Podcast

Jul 15, 2019

“You’re describing what I think of as ‘clean sorrow,’” he said ... "Instead of frustration or regret, it sounds like you’re feeling a very pure sorrow.” He paused. “And your sorrow is beautiful, because it’s completely tied up in your love for him.” Medical student Jo Glaser remembers a patient's family that reminded her about the importance of focusing on the beauty of her work and relationships. This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the July 2019 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at