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The Words I Did Not Say

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Heather Edward

About the artist:

Heather Edward is now a pediatric intern at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Her comics have been included in the National Academy of Medicine’s Expressions of Clinician Well-Being [2] online gallery and Zucker School of Medicine’s Celebration of Visual Art. “I started using comics in med school as a way to express myself and to process my experiences. I hope that it helps me become a more compassionate and reflective doctor. As an intern, it’s harder to find time to engage in this reflective work, but I’m working on it!”

About the artwork:

“This is a story about a patient I cared for in medical school. I drew this comic for a narrative-medicine elective during my fourth year. The lesson I learned I still carry with me. That lesson pushes me to question why conversations are uncomfortable, and to overcome those feelings in order to connect with patients and families and to support them as best I can.”

Visuals editor:

Sara Kohrt

Story Editor:

Diane Guernsey