August 7, 2018

The Critical Window of Medical School: Learning to See People Before the Disease, Catalyst New England Journal of Medicine 

Imagine two identical groups of kittens. We’ll call them vertical kittens and horizontal kittens because of how they are to be raised. The vertical kittens are raised in a world that only contains vertical lines. Their cages are lined with vertically striped wallpaper; even the people who feed them wear shirts with vertical stripes. The horizontal kittens are only ever exposed to horizontal lines. Horizontal lines are all they see. You may by now recognize this story as one of the foundational experiments in neurobiology, but let’s go back to the cats.

January 2018

The Sherpa meets Maslow: Medicine and the Hierarchy of Needs


OCTOBER 16, 2017

Making Time to Really Listen to Your Patients, Harvard Business Review

OCTOBER 09, 2017

The Role of Kindness in Cancer Care, Journal of Oncology Practice

January 5, 2017

A View from the Edge - Creating a Culture of Caring, New England Journal of Medicine 

Dr. Awdish writes about her experience as a patient, the gaps in medicine her experience painfully revealed, and the changes she is helping to bring to her health system.

December 29, 2016

A Communication Bundle to Improve Satisfaction for Critically Ill Patients and Their Families: A Prospective, Cohort Pilot Study

Use of the communications bundle proved feasible in the MICU and suggests association with improved patient satisfaction and trainee self-perception of communication preparedness. Published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

June 25, 2015

Impact of A Simulation-Based Communication Workshop on Resident Preparedness for End-of-Life Communication in the Intensive Care Unit

This study provides evidence that brief simulation-based interventions can produce lasting improvements in residents' confidence to discuss EOL care with family members of patients in the ICU.

Additional Publications

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