Sandra Miller MD, Family Physician, Author, Writing Coach
Science-based medical adventure novels about a woman doctor in Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks
Sandra Miller has spent most of her career in academic family medicine, teaching at Banner Good Samaritan residency in Phoenix, Arizona, now the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency. She is a professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In addition to her novels, she has essays, fiction, and poetry published in Under the Sun, Embark, Pulse – Voices from the Heart of Medicine, JAMA’s A Piece of My Mind, and several other poetry journals, as well as scientific articles in medical publications. She holds degrees in creative writing and anthropology, and is making it her mission to encourage physicians and all medical providers to explore their experiences through writing. She facilitates writing workshops, either ongoing or stand-alone sessions, both at local levels and nationally. Recently retired, she now has time to devote herself to the writing endeavors that she loves.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
Being a physician is a complicated existence, both professionally and personally, and I try to accurately depict the joys and struggles of that life. Very little fiction has been written about women doctors (other than crime/CSI) or about family medicine, and I want to give readers a deeper understanding of physicians on the front lines of care. I also reveal the challenges of a personal life under these circumstances—how everyone is human and vulnerable. I like readers to experience the fascinating science of medicine, the limitations of medical knowledge, and the stunning world around us. And it’s just fun to mix in adventure and romance and humor, because we all need escape, and we all need to smile and sigh.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
For decades, I have taught family medicine, cared for my patients, and pursued excellence in learning and practicing. Being in Arizona, many of the residents I helped train have worked at the Grand Canyon Clinic on the South Rim, and I know their stories, their triumphs, and their disappointments. I have been into the canyon on a raft, on a mule, on my own two feet, and have flown over in a helicopter. I am fascinated by geology, paleontology, astronomy, and volcanology, as you will quickly notice.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I love to speak with adults about writing, how to get started, how to keep going, and how to support each other through the process. My greatest passion is talking with medical personnel about writing for wellness and creativity. I am always eager to talk with high school students about both writing and about careers in medicine (but my novels are for adults). I also enjoy engaging with students of all ages about their health and medical topics.
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