Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: medical training

  • The “weak” intern

    Htet KhineReno, Nevada, United States “She is quite weak,” I overheard two senior residents say about one of my co-interns. I tried to tune out the conversation—I did not have enough time or mental capacity to comprehend what being “weak” entailed. I was busy writing notes, answering pages, and placing orders, but I could not…

  • The imposters

    Michelle PonderPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Freshly-coated med students across the world both revel and rot in the newfound responsibilities bestowed upon them. Suddenly, they become “the smart one” (especially if they are the first doctor in the family), worthy of giving sacred medical advice and being the first to know about Great Aunt Susan’s toe…