Shakkaura Kemet, MPH writes, “At my mother’s first oncology appointment, I sat beside her, swaddled in my Harvard sweatshirt. I hoped that the name of the august institution where I was an undergraduate would, in the doctor’s eyes, transport my mother from the wasteland of “difficult,” “noncompliant,” and “welfare queen” to which black female patients are often relegated and deliver her to the promised land of “human being.””

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No consensus on direct solicitation by MDs. “The goal of the summit was to get feedback from stakeholders across many perspectives,” explains Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH, lead author of the report and faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Therapists are now using the platform as a way to offer support to their followers – just don’t call it ‘therapy’

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New app encourages medical professionals to look at fine art and examine questions of empathy and observation

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Emily Cochrane writes, “He was an Eagle Scout who had passed calculus and spoke some Mandarin. I was determined to meet him.”

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Bob Hall was recovering from yet another surgery when the volunteer first walked into his room. Unfortunately Hall had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit. It had been a rocky recovery since his lung transplant. But the volunteer wasn’t there to check on his lungs or breathing. Instead she asked Hall if we wanted to tell his life story.

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Feeling grateful and able, I donated a kidney to a stranger. The only problem: I made the decision on my own

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Voice-recognition system promises to automate data entry during office visits. While alluring to doctors, the technology poses thorny questions, including whether patients will be comfortable inviting a third-party company with a camera and microphone into a conversation with their doctor

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