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Academic Medicine Podcast

Dec 27, 2021

With the mask muffling my voice and the omnipresent sound of monitor alarms, words too, were strained. I grew irate at the situation. The inability to talk. The inability to connect. The inability to touch.

Graduate nursing student Hunter Marshall reflects on isolation and connection during the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This essay placed first in the 2021 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest and was published in the December 2021 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at