"Shireen Heidari was never afraid of the grueling conversations. In fact, she was drawn to palliative care because of them."

"When I was a resident, the unspoken rule was that if you called out sick, you had better be completely unable to get to work." (story starts @3:35 minutes in)

"I won’t be able to cure cancer or perform major surgery, but I can relieve pain and nausea. I can hold space for emotion. I can support people in crisis. I can try to make a terrible situation a little less bad. It may not seem like much, but it can matter a lot."

You can also find Dr. Heidari on Twitter @ShireenNHeidari