Although a vague and often confusing title to those outside of the medical field, the position of medical intern is a vital bridge from those just completing medical school to becoming well on one's way to independently practicing medicine.
Having medical training is a great privilege, and the source of, at times, quite literal life and death power. With that power comes a grave responsibility -- but bearing that is a privilege as well. Medical training is not a product of good fortune, but of willful preparation.
Ofri's books explore the "other world" of medicine -- emotions. Writing, Ofri told me, "began as a way to walk through some intense experiences and process my feelings." Her books are also "thank yous" to her patients who have taught her how to, and made her a better, doctor.
As we celebrate this year's Nurses Week, I am reminded of the Hippocrates saying that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This, too, I learn through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.
One of the wonderful things about knowledge and training is that they are inherently renewable resources. Unlike drugs and equipment, knowledge never has a stock-out, never breaks down, and never stops working when the power goes out.
Where quality improvement was once a glimmering idealistic notion conjured up by a few pockets of ambitious doctors, it is fast becoming recognized as a permanent fixture in our nation's medical infrastructure.
I first met Nicole last year when she was the key speaker at Diabetes Sisters' "Weekend for Women." I was then, and continue to be, impressed by her passion for better serving people with chronic illness.