Category: David C

  • Hands and Feet

    Hands and Feet

    [This was originally written years ago for a Christian campus publication, Revisions. It is one of my favorite reflections and will appear on the ESN blog tomorrow.] The patient came in for a refill of pain medications even though it was his first visit to the family medicine practice. The front desk staff had a letter…

  • Match Day: On Calling

    Match Day: On Calling

    Friday will be Match Day.  On that day, thousands of medical students across the USA will be given a sealed envelope containing a description of where they will be going for residency. At noon, in every medical school, they will gather to simultaneously open those envelopes. These students have spent months applying and interviewing for…

  • Selection Bias: Statistical Integrity in Christian Community

    Originally a guest post for the Emerging Scholars Network (a ministry of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship):   One day a num­ber of con­cerned moth­ers met with the min­is­ter to express their frus­tra­tion and anger over the unseemly con­duct of a par­tic­u­lar boy in Sun­day School. They did not want their chil­dren exposed to this child and…

  • Valentines and the Valley of Dry Bones

    Valentines and the Valley of Dry Bones

    Sunday, February 10th “Wait, you live there?” he asked, a little incredulous. “Yes…” “Do you know what kind of area that is?” “Yes,” I repeated myself, trying to suppress a smile. “It is… dangerous.” I stopped smiling. His expression became sharper. “Do you have kids?” “Um, no.” “Are you married?” “Um, no.” “Oh, okay. You’re…

  • Snowflakes, Shootings, and Sex Offenders

    Snowflakes, Shootings, and Sex Offenders

    Last year, Parenting Magazine gave our small city of Wilmington, Delaware a rating as the Number 1 worst place to raise your children: A short drive from South Philly and Camden and midway between New York and Washington, Wilmington managed to snag the number one spot on our list for highest rate of violent crimes…

  • Never Normal

    Never Normal

    I got up before the alarm yesterday even though my sleep was fitful and restless.  Though it was hard for me to know for sure, I was fairly certain that a series of gunshots had woken me up in the middle of the night, and that what had followed was a series of nightmares about…