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Sometimes It Won’t Get Better

Doctors want to help people and fix things, but we are frequently confronted by our own limitations by Alan B. Sanderson, MD She came to my office complaining of right hand weakness and severe, constant, distressing pain in her right … 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 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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A Disease With Perks

… but you have to look for them. by Alan Sanderson, MD I have been thinking about cancer lately, for two reasons. The first was the story I wrote about my aunt Steffanie. The second reason is a blog I recently … Continue reading

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Forced Family Fun (In a Jar!)

A few thoughts about the importance of families by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Last week my wife said that she was getting tired of the same old family activities and wanted to change things up a bit. She compiled a … 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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