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Shara Yurkiewicz
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Attends Harvard Medical School
Lives in Boston, MA
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Being the bad guy with good intentions. Being sorry.

http://blogs.plos.org/thismayhurtabit/2012/12/07/being-sorry/
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Maybe you are not looking for advice but it might help...

First, dont say sorry for things that you have no power to change or choices that you have to make to meet the priorities and needs of your patients. Just dont. You wont get forgiveness. Patients are unwell, in pain and afraid and very few care how you feel about anything when they are distressed. Some will never care even when you relieve their distress.

Second, agree with them. Legitimise the distress and help them to articulate why they feel the way they do. This is how they may see that you understand what they are experiencing. They may even be open to you being honest and explaining why. Examples include 'It is frustrating to be left waiting isn't it? I have been attending to a deteriorating patient/got stuck in the lift/delivering a baby' or 'How long since you have had any food or drink? You must be feeling hungry/thirsty. Maybe we can do something to help until you can safety eat (NGT?)'. 

Thirdly, dont rely on colleagues to dissipate patient aggression/anger. They may be feeling the same as you and one day other staff may be relying upon you to dissipate patient aggression. Sit down and ask your colleagues how they deal with it. What do they do? What emotional work do they do to look past the attitude, to see the patient?

Lastly, sometimes the best thing to say is nothing. Listen, let them rant. Overtime you will learn to disconnect your identity as a caring  health professional from your authentic personal identity. You will recognise that you no longer say to yourself 'I dont deserve this'. Recognise that sometimes nothing you do or say will make any difference.

*Based upon 2+ decades of dealing with patients in distress.
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wow! that's impressive
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5 am and I read/watched every last drop. Worth it, worth it. In-depth and powerful. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/us/navigating-love-and-autism.html?ref=todayspaper
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I just read an unexpected reaction to this article: http://socialistscum.tumblr.com/post/14841257689/white-supremacy-autism

It's not actually about white supremacy, just racism, so kind of a misleading link. But still an interesting commentary on the intersection of race and the treatment of autism.
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"Use caution - One does not simply walk to Mordor"
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Hmm. They seem to have added that since this started circulating. I'm getting that they're in London.
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so beautiful, cute and fascinated
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Seriously, r/atheism. You're awful.
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nice
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hello shara how you doing 
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Me too - I'm totally crying over this!
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Have her in circles
14,829 people
Work
Employment
  • Various publications
    Freelancer, 2010 - present
  • Public Library of Science
    Network Blogger, 2011 - present
  • Virtual Mentor (American Medical Association)
    Guest Editor, 2011 - 2011
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Researcher, 2011 - 2011
  • Medscape
    Medical Student Blogger, 2010 - 2011
  • Hastings Center
    Editorial Intern, 2010 - 2010
  • The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
    Research Associate, 2009 - 2010
  • Los Angeles Times
    Science/Health Reporter, 2009 - 2009
  • Discover Magazine
    Editorial Intern, 2008 - 2008
  • Yale School of Medicine
    Researcher, 2006 - 2009
  • Columbia University Medical Center
    Researcher, 2003 - 2005
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Woodmere, NY - New Haven, CT - Los Angeles, CA - Washington, DC - Garrison, NY
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http://blogs.plos.org/thismayhurtabit/
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Medical student by day... 
um,



medical student by night.
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The first time I tested a patient's bicep strength, I gave him a perfect score. He had a degenerative muscle disease. Turns out I'm just incredibly weak.
Education
  • Harvard Medical School
    2010 - present
  • Yale College
    Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, 2005 - 2009
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