Listen to stories from Voices of Medicine

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Last month, the Department of Medicine hosted the Talk Story: Voices of Medicine show in Durham. 

Voices of Medicine is a collaboration between the Department of Medicine, Talk Story and The Monti. We gather together to hear true stories from health care professionals sharing the experiences that inspired them to a life in medicine, or the interactions that give meaning to their careers in science and health. Listen to a montage of the voices.

Our first show was on March 12, 2013. The Talk Story narrative variety show featured stories from five Duke physicians, fellows and medical students. Listen to four of those stories below.

Our second show was on May 15, 2013. We combined Voices of Medicine with the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s annual Humanism in Medicine talent show.

Our third show is scheduled for January 15, 2014.

Listen to the stories

We’re sharing four of the five stories from the show.

Bryan Leppert, medical student, recounted  what he learned at his father’s deathbed. Leppert will be headed this summer to New York City to start his internal medicine residency at Columbia University. Listen to Bryan's story.

Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (Neurology), is director of the Duke ALS Clinic. He talked about a special lesson he learned from an ALS patient. Listen to Rick's story.

Laura Lewandowski, MD, second-year fellow in pediatric rheumatology and global health, shared a story about a young patient in Liberia. She is enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Health program, and as a global health fellow, she will explore the burden of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus in South Africa. She has made multiple trips to Ecuador, Haiti and Liberia throughout her medical training. Listen to Laura's story.

Mya Sendowski, first-year medical student, explained why she hasn’t been deterred by Crohn’s disease, and how she’s learned to be a wounded healer. She grew up in Berkeley, California, studied anthropology at UCLA and earned a masters in narrative medicine at Columbia University. Listen to Mya's story.