Palliative Care

Anna Stecher, MD Anna Stecher, MD (2 Posts)

Resident Editor

Oregon Health and Science University


Anna is a PGY-3 in Internal Medicine at OHSU in Portland, OR. She looks forward to a fellowship and career in Palliative Medicine. She spends a significant amount of time cuddling her three geriatric rat terriers while reading books or watching Game of Thrones or Friends on repeat.




Treat Me If You Can: DNR versus Comfort Measures Only

Caffeine’s effect waned, stomachs rumbled, attention spans faded after rounding on nine acutely ill patients on university wards. It was nearing lunch. I was the senior resident, so I chose the order in which we saw patients. As we arrived at our last patient’s room, I snapped out of my under-caffeinated daze and realized I had made the rookie mistake of leaving our newest and sickest patient for last.

The Importance of Palliative Care in Surgery

In an ideal world we would all die at home with our loved ones caring for us, slowly slipping away in our sleep into the placid beyond. But why doesn’t it happen this way? There’s a dignity to that way because of its organic simplicity. It’s how people used to die prior to modern medicine and before we started needing to always “fix the problem.”

Adrienne Bruce, MD Adrienne Bruce, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

University of Pennsylvania


Adrienne is a graduating fourth-year medical student at Georgetown who will be starting residency in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in surgical oncology and is passionate about the role that palliative care can have for the multi-disciplinary care of oncologic surgery patients.