The future of prostate exam training is here, and his name is “Patrick.” Half sensor-embued tush-model and half computer-simulated cartoon-man, Patrick promises to grade medical students on their technique while also “present[ing] a realistic patient encounter” including “software that enables him to interact emotionally with the student.” (Before the exam begins, he tells you how scared he is.) [via Medical Daily]

// 05.28.15

Paul Kalinithi, writing to his infant daughter in his last op-ed before succumbing to lung cancer:

That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.

It’s a rare thing for us to write to the ones we love before we go, let alone to share such poignancy in order to touch others as well. We don’t write meaningfully to each other very much anymore, especially when it counts most. We could do better.

// 03.14.15