Tag: communication

Brian Lefchak, MD, MPH Brian Lefchak, MD, MPH (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center


Brian Lefchak graduated summa cum laude in biology from Drexel University in Philadelphia and graduated from the MD/MPH program at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is currently a resident physician in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center planning to pursue pediatric emergency medicine and informatics. In addition to being a lifelong musician and performer, his hobbies include photography, writing, foreign travels and soccer.




In COVID We Mistrust

In the pandemic’s wake, we witnessed the explosion of viral social media content such as Plandemic, an alternate exaggerated narrative which sought to perpetuate the types of claims one would expect from the title. These kinds of conspiracy theories have always existed in many different shapes and forms; however, COVID-19 struck at a time when society was suffering from a pre-existing condition of deep mistrust.

Can Empathy Be Taught, or Is It Innate?

In medical school, I was taught to sit at eye level when speaking to patients, ask how they would prefer to be addressed, and ask open-ended questions to allow them to express themselves. I learned to interject with “That must be really difficult for you,” or “I can only imagine how that makes you feel,” as a way to show empathy and foster better connection with patients.

Okechukwu Anochie, MD, MS (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

RWJ-Barnabas Health


I'm a PGY-3 internal medicine resident at RWJ-Barnabas Health who is passionate about healthcare disparities and healthcare policy. One of my goals in life is to work at the federal level to influence healthcare policy laws that will ensure those who desperately need adequate healthcare are not lost through the cracks in our healthcare system. My hobbies include natural bodybuilding, learning programming languages, traveling and experience new cultures.