Ozge Tuncalp catches up with Michael Berman, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Yale School of Medicine, where he also serves as the president of Yale New Haven Physician Hospital Organization. His special interest in pregnancy loss, strong commitment in making humanism a priority in healthcare services, and his gift in expressing himself through poetry led to the foundation of Hygeia (www.hygeia.org), a comprehensive platform for families and healthcare professionals, including medical students, to share and learn from one another. What started as a website in 1995 has now exploded into a full blown foundation with programmes like the Ephemeris Project
From my earliest recollections, I was interested in both science and the prospect of helping others. Coupled with role models from my own doctors, my career goal became focused on being a physician. I have always taken a philosophical view of medicine as a career, and early on in medical school I thought I would become a paediatrician, as this would allow me to affect the health, hopes, and future of children early in their lives. Towards the end of my medical school education, however, I was once more influenced by several unparallel role models who were obstetricians, and they in turn influenced my decision to become an obstetrician. This field of medicine satisfies all the reasons for which I became a doctor, including the most intangible—the philosophical fulfilment to strive to affect and improve the life of another before birth.
Ephemeris means a diary or journal in Latin. The