During the holidays, this doctor rethinks idea of family

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    (Photo courtesy of Doctor Michael Knight)

    (Photo courtesy of Doctor Michael Knight)

    It was Christmas 2012, and Michael Knight was a medical intern at a hospital in New York City. 

    “While everyone else was wondering about Rudolph’s shiny nose, I was barely keeping my head above water,” Knight said. 

    He was taking care of a patient named Mrs. J, who had terminal stomach cancer, when he learned a valuable lesson that has stuck with him throughout his medical career. 

    Dr. Michael Knight is a general internist at the University of Pennslyvania. He told this story as part of the American College of Physicians Doctor Story Slam. Listen to his full story above. 

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