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Academic Medicine Podcast

Dec 23, 2019

"A physician once told me, 'You will not be able to cure or save every patient in your career. However, you do have the opportunity to heal every patient.' I did not truly understand what this meant until my experience with my dad."

Medical student April Butler recounts how watching her father’s illness and death made her determined to offer her patients the same level of care, respect, and healing that he received.

This essay placed first in the 2019 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest and was published in the December 2019 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at