Experiencing the Patient Experience

Lead author: Samuel Zverev
Submitted by: Janice Radway, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

“She squirmed, sobbing hysterically, grabbing onto the railing of the inpatient hospital bed with IVs still bound to her arm. A grown woman was shouting and crying, not because of physical pain or injury, but out of fear. The sea of medical professionals surrounding her bed only seemed to exacerbate her dismay. She refused to acknowledge any of them, consciously omitting the small army of physicians and nurses crowding her room. She would only speak with one person … me.”

Read this medical student’s first-person account of serving as a patient advocate in Academic Medicine here.

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