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.