Pen to Purpose: Cultivating Writing as a Brand of Professionalism with David Weill, MD

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022 the second discussion in the Pen to Purpose series was held. This author series is the result of a collaboration between the NSU Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts and the Alvin Sherman Library, and sponsored by the Circle of Friends. Professor Efrat Freidman, who teaches undergraduate Even postercreative writing at NSU created the Pen to Purpose series in order to impress upon her students the value of strong writing skills in any profession. She conducted the interview and compelling conversation with Dr. Weill, former Director of the Center for Advanced Lung Disease and the Lung Transplant Program at Stanford, and author of the book Exhale.
Exhale is an inside look at the world of high-stakes medicine, complete with the decisions that are confronted, the mistakes that are made, and the story of a transplant doctor’s slow recognition that he needed to step away from the front lines. This book explores the cost of holding on too tight, of losing one’s way, and of the power of another kind of decision—to leave behind everything for a fresh start.
Dr. Weill’s account of his ten years spent directing the lung transplant program at Stanford illustrates not only the miracle of transplantation, but also how it is a very human endeavor performed by people with strengths and weaknesses, powerful attributes, and profound flaws.

If you missed it, watch the recording here.

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