Who are we?
The challenges of providing care to patients are numerous. They range from broad, national policies to the nuance of personal, one-on-one interactions between patients and clinicians. If you’ve taken care of a patient, you’ve felt these forces. They inspire the messy, complex questions and ideas that come up during private conversation, after-shift drinks, or passing encounters with coworkers and colleagues. Triage aims to build on this discourse with the belief that an earnest question is more important than a concrete answer. Triage is built on the principles of community, critical thinking, and creative practice. At its heart, Triage is a health humanities blog. We encourage shifting and alternative points of view, while respecting differing opinions. We don’t retreat from uncertainty, we lean into it. Please, join us as a reader, participant, and contributor.
Michael Barthman, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Mike is a resident physician in the department of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Rhode Island Hospital. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health after earning a Bachelor of Arts in English at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he focused on poetry. He was a founding board member for the Community Health Initiative Haiti, a non-profit focusing on community partnerships in rural Haiti. Previously, he enjoyed roles as a drummer in the indie-rock band Gazillion and a creative writing instructor for east African refugees. With Dr. Jay Baruch, he co-created the free online Brown EdX Course, “Beyond Medical Histories: Gaining Insight From Patient Stories,” a course focusing on creativity and story skills as essential clinical skills. He is an avid poet, with work appearing in Paper Darts and Vita Brevis. He resides with his wife, Kathryn, and their two cats, Bijou and Miki, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jay Baruch, MD, Senior Advisory Editor
Jay is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he serves as the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration. His academic interest is the importance of creative thinking, creative writing skills and the arts in clinical medicine. Present projects include the Rhode Island Arts and Health Network; a free online Brown EdX course, “Beyond Medical Histories: Gaining Insight From Patient Stories,” which focuses on creativity and story skills as essential clinical skills, especially when facing uncertainty; and working with Rhode Island School of Design Museum educators to create museum-based curriculum to get clinicians to think about how they think. He’s served as a Director-at-Large, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and as the former medical humanities section chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians, where he co-led the development and implementation of an online medical humanities platform for the specialty. He’s the author of two award-winning short fiction collections, “What's Left Out” and “Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers.”
Samuel Goldman, MD, Editor
Sam is a resident physician in the department of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Rhode Island Hospital. Sam completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University with a concentration in Biology. Prior to medical school, Sam earned a Masters in Public Health at Boston University, during which he served with AmeriCorps, founding and leading a rowing program for students in Boston's Public Schools. Sam currently resides in Pawtucket, RI with his wife, Katie, two daughters, Hattie and Daisy, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Violet. He is an avid sauna enthusiast.
Christina Matulis, MD, Social Media Editor
Christina is a resident physician in the department of emergency medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Rhode Island Hospital. Christina completed her undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College where she majored in Neuroscience. She then spent two years in Boston doing oncology research at Massachusetts General Hospital before receiving her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She has a strong interest in education and has led several youth tutoring/mentoring programs in Portland, ME and Boston, MA. Christina currently resides in Providence, RI where she fills her free time with cooking, reading, running, and visiting friends throughout New England.
Sofia Sacerdote, Editor
Sofia is a first year undergraduate at Brown University studying public health and literary arts. As part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education, she will matriculate at Alpert Medical School in 2022. Sofia studied narrative medicine with Dr. Kathryn Kirkland at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and looks forward to incorporating literature, writing, and the humanities into her career as a physician. In her free time, Sofia adores hiking, canoeing, traveling, and spending time with her family in Hanover, New Hampshire.