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- Brian J Secemsky, resident physician, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
I was introduced to Ms B earlier this year as a new patient in my outpatient continuity panel. Her demographic was not unique to patients seen in the safety net community clinic where I work: undocumented Spanish speaking woman in her early 60s, out of medical care, and with no medical insurance.
What caught my attention upon meeting Ms B was the urgency in her demeanor; she made it very clear that she had a specific issue to discuss. By the end of the …