A doctor, a patient and the bond they form

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Dr Avrum Gillespie, the nephrologist, laughs at a joke by his long-time patient, Jay Schnitzer, a podiatrist who had a kidney transplant eight years ago. Photo by Michael Vitez


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After his kidney transplant, Dr. Jay Schnitzer gave a rubber foot to his care team at Temple in gratitude. Since he was now the patient and no longer the clinician, he put the shoe on top to indicate the shoe is now on the other foot. It was a bad pun, but perfect for Dr. Gillespie, who keeps it on his office window sill and calls it his “Shrine to Schnitzer.”

Stories from Temple’s Narrative Medicine Program

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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Exceptional students, clinicians and researchers with zeal for education, research and patient care.

Stories from Temple’s Narrative Medicine Program

Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Vitez, Temple’s Narrative Medicine Program focuses on the human side of medicine through a celebration of and emphasis on stories and storytelling.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Exceptional students, clinicians and researchers with zeal for education, research and patient care.

Stories from Temple’s Narrative Medicine Program

Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Vitez, Temple’s Narrative Medicine Program focuses on the human side of medicine through a celebration of and emphasis on stories and storytelling.

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