There are many exciting aspects to the onset of a new year. It’s a time for regrouping, reconnecting, and re-establishing yourself. This is the time to take stock of personal accomplishments, pitfalls, and decide upon areas for improvement. Although it’s a tad arbitrary to select the transition from December 31st to January 1st as “the … Continue reading What’s your resolution for 2016?
A surprisingly large number of owners of the pets I see with cancer are cancer survivors themselves. Aside from how unusual I find it when people are willing to share their personal medical histories with me, I usually also feel a particular pang of sadness for their situation. My expertise lies in diagnosing and treating … Continue reading When both the owner and their pet have cancer…
Dear me (you), I’m writing to you from the future—approximately ten years from where you are now. You’re a few months into your medical oncology residency, just beginning to assimilate to the flow of your daily responsibilities as a doctor committed to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. You hate living in upstate New York, … Continue reading A letter to myself as a first year resident in medical oncology
When someone I’ve met for the first time discovers I’m a veterinarian, reactions vary from detached amusement to wild-eyed enthusiasm. The latter is far more common as there appears to be unexplainable mystique and awe surrounding veterinary medicine as a career choice. About one in five people I meet will exclaim, upon hearing what I … Continue reading Have you always wanted to be a veterinarian, but couldn’t because of this one thing???
There is a quote from a prominent veterinary oncology text taped above the computer monitor in my office stating: "True oncological emergencies are rare. Emergencies of emotion, however, are quite common." I realize this expression may not resonate well with an owner of a pet with cancer and could even be misconstrued in an offensive … Continue reading What happens when you care too much?