TEN TENSIONS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF THE PHYSICIAN’S INNER LIFE

This is a collection of ten photographs. Each photograph is paired with a narrative contextualizing the image within medical literature and philosophical discourse. Every photograph-narrative duet, in turn, addresses a specific ethical-humanistic "tension" that physicians—and all healthcare providers—may encounter in daily practice.


These tensions can be conceived of as "knots" that tighten or loosen with time and circumstance. Deep-seated and enduring, these tensions harbor capacity to complicate and indelibly mark the inner lives of clinicians, rippling to upset provider wellbeing and patient care alike.

All photographs are set in the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM).

 
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SCOPE OF SERVICE: 

HEALING BEYOND THE BODY

 
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UNCERTAINTY:

LIMITS OF KNOWING

 
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DISLIKE:

REACTION, RESPONSE AND CONTINUING TO CARE

 
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BOUNDARIES:

HOW MUCH TO SHARE

 
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TIME, TORN:

DUTY, DOCUMENTATION AND PRESENCE

 
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FINITE RESOURCES, IMPERFECT SYSTEMS:
WE NEED THIS BED

 
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COLLABORATION:

NAVIGATING ALLIANCE AND AUTONOMY

 
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HUMILITY IN RESPONSIBILITY: 

VALUES, INFLUENCE AND SUBDUING THE SELF

 
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MISTAKES:

SELF-FORGIVENESS, SELF-ADMONISHMENT AND MOVING FORWARD

 
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DOUBLE LIFE:

RETURNING FROM EXTREMES OF EXPERIENCE