Tag Archives: Alan B. Sanderson

It Becomes You, Part II: Apply Yourself

Thoughts about becoming a doctor by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the second of a six-part series: First Decisions:  Deciding to become a doctor Apply Yourself: Undergraduate studies The Academic Eating Contest: Medical school Identity Crisis: Specialty choice … 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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Where Is the Pavilion?

A story of family faith and tragedy. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD My grandfather wrote in his autobiography: “Sometimes a storm seems to blow up out of nowhere, a tiny cloud on the horizon which brings rain, hail, and winds … 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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Christmas on Call

Be grateful for every Christmas you can spend with your family. by Alan Sanderson, MD This month I made a recording of “Away in a Manger” with my wife and kids. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols because … Continue reading

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Liberty and Tolerance

You cannot claim freedom of conscience for yourself without also allowing it to others. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I can remember a time during my medical training when I was singled out in a negative way because of my … Continue reading

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Burning Out and Back Again

Learning to endure for 30 Hours, 30 Days, 30 Years, and Forever by Alan B. Sanderson, MD During my medical training I learned that I can do anything for 30 hours, or 30 days. No matter how insanely busy my … Continue reading

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