July 28, 2011

the patient side of cancer and ivf: video shoot for ucsd medical students

Photo credit: Wet Paint.
I recently sat down with Charles Goldberg at UCSD Medical School to create a video as part of a new curriculum for first year medical students, who many times read about case studies only on paper.

By taping me telling my story, Goldberg hopes to put a face to the patient at a critical point in these young student's learning: "I’d like...to further bring to life and highlight the patient’s perspective on IVF."

The plan was to humanize the whole experience and make students aware of the physical, emotional, and financial costs. He's done similar videos for other cases, and they've "had a very powerful effect."

Though I've told the story dozens of times, sitting in their intimate studio, with the 3,000 watt heat of the lamps on me, was different. Goldberg had provided the questions ahead of time, so I had a good idea of what I was getting into.

I now know how folks feel during the confessional portion of those reality shows, where they talk to the camera and (in their case pretend) pour their hearts out.