Medicine is already a deeply intimate field, filled with trust and relationships with patients and shared experiences around grief and happiness. Sometimes a patient can remind you of yourself or your family. Sometimes the patient is you or your family. Doximity members have written extensively about times when they or their loved ones have been the patient, and we have collected them here.
Medicine can hit close to home when the one in the hospital bed is someone you love. Read these stories to relate to clinicians who have been at the bedside, but not for bedside manner.
Our members share stories about times when their loved one was a patient….
A cardiothoracic surgeon discusses the hazards of gynecologic morcellation in honor of his late wife.
A future neurosurgeon reflects on his late father’s brain cancer, months before interviewing for residency.
A pediatrician is inspired by her father’s cancer diagnosis to do more with preventative medicine.
An ob-gyn deals with being a physician-mom as her son undergoes gender confirmation surgery.
A radiation oncologist acts as physician and friend when his best friend is diagnosed with cancer.
A radiologist remembers her father’s struggle with ALS.
A plastic surgeon describes what it was like watching his mother wither away.
At some point or another, we all become patients. Whether it’s pregnancy-related, old age, or just an accident. For clinicians, being the one in the hospital bed can change how you practice. Read the stories and lessons learned from these patient-clinicians.
…and being a patient themselves.
A pediatrician talks about her chronic pain and how it helped her understand the opioid crisis in America.
An internal medicine doctor remembers what it was like to walk, and what being a paraplegic taught him about being a doctor.
A cardiologist realizes her Xanax was making her ill.
A pediatric neurologist recalls her cancer diagnosis, her stroke, and waking up in the ICU.
An emergency medicine PA recounts the diagnosis and aftermath of having an ovary and mass removed.
A psychiatrist compares his cancer diagnosis to being one of the X-Men.
An ob-gyn tells the story of an infection being mistaken for cancer recurrence.
A psychiatrist pens a poem about what it’s like to be a patient.
A retired nephrologist discusses his stenosis and how it made him a better doctor.
An oncologist-turned-cancer-patient pleads with his colleagues to not give patients “desperate” options.
An anonymous physician admits their struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts, and talks about being in inpatient care.
An emergency medicine doctor tells the story of her infertility problems.