Author to speak at 2015 Yale White Coat ceremony

Author Brian T. Maurer will deliver the keynote to students, faculty, family and friends at the White Coat ceremony of the Yale Physician Associate Program on October 2, 2015.

Mr. Maurer will address first-year students as they move into the longitudinal clinical tract of their education.

Traditionally, the White Coat ceremony recognizes students as they transition to the ranks of clinicians in their interactions with patients at the bedside.

Mr. Maurer, now in his fourth decade of medical practice, will focus on the role of the clinician as listener and healer.

The 2015 Yale White Coat ceremony will take place in the Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Friday, October 2nd, at 2:00 PM.

Commentary on “What a doctor is good for”

When Dr. David Loxterkamp’s BMJ article “What a doctor is good for” drew caustic comments from a couple of British physicians, as a practicing Physician Assistant I felt the need to respond.

Interested readers can access my commentary here.

“When we know” republished

Nothing jolts the mind more deeply than glimpsing the subject line of an unexpected e-mail as you simultaneously come to the sudden realization that someone you had at one time known and respected is now no longer counted among the living….

Originally published on this blog (May 11, 2014), “When we know” has been reprinted in the 2014 summer issue of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), Volume 8, Number 3, page 58.

Interested readers can also access this piece here.

Author to address Quinnipiac PA program class of 2014

Brian T. Maurer has been invited to address the graduating class of the Quinnipiac Physician Assistant program at nine o’clock in the morning on Monday, August 4, 2014.

He will speak to the new graduates on “Something of Value: The Art of Medicine.” Maurer’s presentation will include insights from his 35 years of practice in pediatric medicine, crafted in his book, Patients Are a Virtue.

“We learn the practice of medicine through the complex process of integrating knowledge and skills with wisdom and insight in our interaction with the patient. Although the medical record forms a composite history of the patient’s illness; for the clinician, it may be the illness narrative that ultimately imparts some degree of healing to both practitioner and patient alike.”

“You have learned the science of medicine; you have delved into its business. Now it is time to recall the art of its practice, for it is only in the practice of the art of medicine that you will sustain yourselves from day-to-day over the span of your professional careers.”

“Individuals and types” republished

In a retrospective review of the origins of Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, Edward Rothstein observes that the children’s book might be ultimately “less about individuals and more about types”….

Originally published on this blog (January 24, 2014), “Individuals and types” has been reprinted in the 2014 winter issue of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), Volume 8, Number 1, page 47.

Interested readers can also access this piece here.

“The Surge” republished

The problems are three in number. Two are skin deep; the third lies deeper…

Originally published in Dermanities online (October 7th, 2008; 5(3)), The Surge has been republished in the fall issue of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), Volume 7, Number 4, page 55.

Interested readers can also access this piece here.

“Soul Searching” published in Pulse

Modern neuroscience continues to struggle to define the human mind by studying anatomical brain function, largely through the use of functional MRI and optogenetics. It occurred to me that dissecting the human brain was similar to peeling back the layers of an onion. When the last layer is peeled back, what remains? In particular, where does our humanness lie?

My poem “Soul Searching” is now online, newly published in Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine. more»

An open access online journal, Pulse magazine publishes personal accounts of illness and healing, fosters the humanistic practice of medicine and encourages health care advocacy.