One of the most important aspects of being a good doctor is the ability to connect with people from a variety of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Because effective communication is so critical to establishing this connection and building trust between doctor and patient, I feel that being an English graduate has formed the foundation of my ability to connect with and care for my patients. As an English major at Duke, I was constantly pushed to write and express myself in a thoughtful, meaningful way, which has served me throughout my medical training. Patients are more than just their illness - they are humans with important stories to tell, and the skills I gained as an English major have helped me recognize, interpret, and share these stories. I am the current editor of the Humanities section of NYU's award-winning medical journal, Clinical Correlations, and have published reflective pieces of my own. It is my training as an English graduate from Duke University that has helped foster my interest in storytelling and reflective practice, which has ultimately helped make me a better physician.