Category Archives: Stories

It Becomes You, Part VI: Living the Dream

Adventures and lessons from my first years in practice by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the sixth of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who are considering or preparing for … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part V: Keep Your Nose Above Water

Stories and memories from the dark days of internship and residency by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the fifth of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who are considering or … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part IV: Academic Vertigo and the Identity Crisis

Thoughts and memories about medical school clinical rotations, specialty choice, and applying to residency by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the fourth of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part III: The Academic Eating Contest

Thoughts and memories about the first two years of medical school by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the third of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who are considering or … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part II: Apply Yourself

Thoughts and memories about undergraduate studies and applying to medical school by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the second of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who are considering or … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part I: First Decisions

Thoughts about becoming a doctor by Alan Sanderson, MD When I set out on my career path many years ago I had very little comprehension of what I was actually doing. I did not have a step-by-step guide or a … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor

The cardiologist with a big heart, John M. Stang, MD by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Lately I have been thinking about John Stang, MD, one of my teachers and mentors during medical school. I am proud to call him my … Continue reading

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Is Life Fair?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Diagnosing brain death is never an easy experience, even when the medical facts are relatively straightforward. The … Continue reading

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Firsthand Knowledge

Some things are best learned through experience. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I’m a firm believer in subjecting myself to the same things I put my patients through – within reason, of course. (Admittedly this would be a harder ideal to … Continue reading

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Unspoken Wishes

“In the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see.” – Susan Evans McCloud (from “Lord, I Would Follow Thee“) by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I learned an old piece of wisdom when I was in medical school: … Continue reading

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