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Physician NonClinical Careers with John Jurica

Aug 2, 2022

Claire Unis majored in creative writing and literature at Dartmouth College, where she wrote for and published a student newspaper. By senior year she had become a regular columnist in the daily school paper.

While in medical school at UCSF, she enrolled in the MFA (master in fine arts) program at the U. of San Francisco, where she focused on writing memoirs and narrative nonfiction. She completed both degrees simultaneously.

Now a practicing pediatrician, Claire is also a communication coach for clinicians in one of the largest medical groups in northern California. She teaches classes and mentors physicians as part of Sutter Medical Group's Clinician Wellbeing Program.

She writes a weekly blog about doctoring. In her role as Literature in Medicine Champion, she also leads monthly book groups, a biweekly writing group, and biweekly discussions.

And she has written a memoir about her experiences and feelings while becoming a physician. It would be a very nice resource for someone contemplating a medical career, as well as an enjoyable read. The book is called Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey Through Medical School (this is an Amazon Affiliate Link).

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