Hi, I’m Deborah Bayer, DO, a physician who is passionate about the healing qualities of personal and shared writing. I’m an affiliate of Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA), and I use their method to lead and facilitate writing groups. This supportive approach lends itself to healing from all kinds of trauma, including the trauma of medical training. I’m double-boarded in Infectious Diseases and in Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM), and I serve on the volunteer faculty of an independent Internal Medicine Residency. I teach graduates of both MD and DO schools. I spent my early years in Brazil, and now I live outside of Atlantic City, NJ.
This is my personal blog. My love of language and my natural empathy have led me, not only to Palliative Medicine but also to the world of poetry. Expressing complicated emotions in writing helps me process them. My posts represent my opinions only, not those of my employer, AtlantiCare Health System.
My poems have appeared in Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Hospital Drive, Mead, Shot Glass Journal, Serving House Journal, Petrichor Machine, Survivor’s Review, and Town Creek Poetry. I have honed my craft in Peter Murphy’s workshops (Now Murphy Writing of Stockton University), and I have had the great fortune to study under Kathleen Graber, Renee Ashley, Stephen Dunn, and Mark Doty.
I typically post twice a month. If you want to see my latest post in your e-mail inbox, please subscribe by entering your first name and email into the form below. These are the posts that are most popular so far:
- IT and Sympathy
- The Secret To Dealing With “Difficult” Patients
- When Your Client Nods and Smiles
- How Coyote Taught Me a Lesson