From time to time, On Call publishes personal essays from its readers that offer a personal perspective on what it means to be a healthcare professional. You can submit an essay for consideration by sending an e-mail with the essay attached to

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Check out these past "Perspective" columns

Online video trains clinicians to help patients who drink too much

A new, interactive video training program demonstrates quick and effective strategies for screening patients for heavy drinking and helping them to cut down or quit.(On Call, 04/17/08)

My New Year's resolution: More inclusion in 2008

This is space that's reserved for your narratives and your insights about the jobs you do. Over the years we've published essays from readers about topics ranging from confronting mortality and how it feels to experience the gratitude of a patient to remembering classmates and working abroad. (01/02/08)

Curious George brings health literacy to the classroom

October is Health Literacy Month, a time when health literacy advocates around the world promote the importance of making health information understandable. (On Call, 10/02/07)

Health communication half a world away

Health literacy is a worldwide concern as providers everywhere strive to communicate health information more clearly. (On Call, 09/04/07)

Crossing boundaries

I missed her funeral. Teresa was 41 years old when I met her during my first week on the job as a nurse practitioner. (On Call, 5/01/07)