Welcome to Atrium Magazine

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
– Philo of Alexandria

 
ATRIUM–Our mission is to deliver the most important insights from United States & beyond. It is our belief, that only by cultivating habits of humanity and respect can we hope to constructively address the problems that face us. We ask our readers to join us in redefining this generation in Healthcare. Atrium was started in 2007 by professional & graduate students at Yale University; this magazine is now staffed by an international team of young professionals, artists, and writers.

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P A L P A T E

 

 
On July 24, 1998, a psychotic schizophrenic gunman entered a side entrance at the U.S. Capitol. As he approached Rep. John DeLay’s office, he exchanged fire with two Capitol Police officers who later died of their wounds. The gunman was badly wounded as well.

 
Senator Bill Frist, a cardiologist, was leaving the Capitol when Congressional aides informed him that some men needed urgent medical assistance.

 
A New York Times article tells more of the story:  

 

    [Frist] took off his coat and ran past the police barricade. ”I’m Senator Frist,” he told an officer, flashing his ID. ”I’m a doctor.”

     

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C O N N E C T

 


Lights up on a bare stage while Donovan’s “colours” plays. A sketch outline of a tree (the brushstrokes are long and simple—like Japanese calligraphy) adorns a wall. The song begins to fade and a woman enters with a baby sling slung in front of her body and softly sings.

 
“Yellow is the color of my true love’s hair…”

 

                              (she smiles and admits)

 
Actually it’s not. The color of my true love’s hair is golden brown with curls that shoot straight out of her head like a bowl of freshly popped popcorn. (beat) From the moment I was filled with the knowledge that a critter was stirring in my womb, I knew she was my golden child. I seriously called her that: my golden child. I dub her this because I wasn’t supposed to get pregnant…or so I was informed when I was 17 years old and diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma; a type of blood cancer.

 

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I N Q U I R E

 

 
What you may not know about nursing & nurses! An interview with Susan Pasternak, an experienced ED Nurse, as she comes off night shift. A highly informative talk on very little sleep.

 


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A L E R T

 

Pharmaceutical industry giant Merck Serano this week paid $44.3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company paid kickbacks to MS neurologists for prescribing its blockbuster MS drug, Rebif (click here). The scam allegedly included hundreds of doctors, and seems to have been centered on the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Clinics (CMSC), a nonprofit corporation that is supposed to help educate patients. Among its other activities, the CMSC administers the quarterly NARCOMS surveys, designed to build an ever growing database on MS and its effects on patients, which are diligently filled out by thousands of multiple sclerosis patients, including, until now, yours truly.

 

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R E F O R M

 

Famous hospitals with international reputations are well-known for the special treatment they give to “VIP” patients. These patients are often easy to identify in the halls or in the cafeteria: special gowns, special blankets, or, at the hospital where I train, special bathrobes. Whether coming for expensive executive physicals of questionable benefit or seeking “the best care in the world” for their particular condition, there is a common feature to their care: they are insulated from encountering the educational mission of the (usually teaching) hospitals they are at, which would usually emerge in the form of medical students and residents.

 

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P E R S O N A L I Z E

 

 

    Author’s Note: This is a true story, the first of a series, of how I experienced my mother’s cancer diagnosis and treatment over the last year, both as a family member and as a medical student. In order to protect people’s confidentiality, I’ve had to change some names and identifying information. These changes have been indicated in the body of the text.

 
The first time I ever learned about death was on the farm. I was eight years old, standing outside the goat house with my mother as she struggled to hold the white goose upside down in the butchering cone that hung from the barn.   

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L I N G E R

 

 
My heart says, Take my lifeboat.
I call the boat Compassion.
Put the boat on the River of Caring,
see where it takes you.
This river has many ports of entry.
Give rides to all who come along.
The boat will sink if empty.

 

 
Dr. Lorence Gutterman teaches writer’s workshop with Dr. Richard Selzer at Yale School of Medicine. His book of poetry will be released this summer.

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E X P L O R E

 

 
What are the ethical questions regarding artificial nutrition and hydration at end of life? Dr. Thiel, Professor of Bioethics, offers insights.

 


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