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Academic Medicine Podcast

Sep 13, 2021

"Holding his hand, we had been alone in a room fighting a virus with no cure. Though he lay prone and I stood standing, we were equals in our fear in facing overwhelming unknowns. Neither of us knew what would happen over the next few hours or days."

Eric Kutscher, a resident physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York, learned how to maintain dignity in vulnerability from a special patient while working in the intensive care unit at the height of the pandemic.

The essay read in this episode was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the September 2021 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at