Mar 25, 2019
"Sometimes, it feels like the patient you work the hardest to save slips away, while the one you least expect to survive defeats the odds and walks away. Yet, somehow, we feel responsible for both patients. Is this duality a rite of passage or a yoke we must bear?" Parul Sud considers the dualities in medicine—failure and success, diffidence and confidence, despair and elation, the patients who survive and those who do not—and how physicians can learn and grow from them. Her essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the March 2019 issue of Academic Medicine. Read her essay at academicmedicine.org.