Choices by Eugene Leung

Choices Eugene Leung Medical Radiation Sciences (Radiation Therapy) Year 2 Patient just laying there, head first into the machine. No voice, just grunts and hand gestures. Not that if he wanted to talk he could. Hole in his throat, post-total laryngectomy. He winces as he takes out his tracheostomy tube Phlegm and mucus gathering in … Continue reading Choices by Eugene Leung

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This month’s student submission: Choices by Eugene Leung

Choices Eugene Leung, Medical Radiation Sciences (Radiation Therapy) Year 2 Patient just laying there, head first into the machine. No voice, just grunts and hand gestures. Not that if he wanted to talk he could. Hole in his throat, post-total laryngectomy. He winces as he takes out his tracheostomy tube Phlegm and mucus gathering in his … Continue reading This month’s student submission: Choices by Eugene Leung

“To A Young Doctor” – A Poem by Dr. Allan Peterkin

To A Young Doctor Make every diagnosis a poem The words you choose will never matter more (or be less forgotten) Arrows and missiles to unseen targets a reverberation of souls For you another organ or limb or brain for them the only one Your words do not just foretell the odds of life or … Continue reading “To A Young Doctor” – A Poem by Dr. Allan Peterkin

“The Choice” – Annie Wang (1T8)

"The Choice" - Annie Wang (1T8) Author's Note: When I first submitted this piece to ArtBeat, I asked the ArtBeat Team to feature it anonymously. As a first-year student entering this new world of medicine -- a world that perhaps had unwritten rules and unspoken codes I didn't yet know about -- I was afraid … Continue reading “The Choice” – Annie Wang (1T8)

“A Caregiver Speaks Out” by Peter Farag (1T7)

Author's Note: It was to be a straightforward client visit as part of the CCAC field activity in DOCH 1. Arrive at 2pm, ask the questions outlined on page 101 , and return to MAM by 5pm. What we did not expect is how the client's caregiver would turn this visit into an opportunity to passionately advocate … Continue reading “A Caregiver Speaks Out” by Peter Farag (1T7)

This Month’s Student Submission: “Motherhood” (Paige Zhang, 1T7)

Author’s Note: This piece was inspired by the most recent reading “It May Be Her Eggs But It’s My Blood”: Surrogates and Everyday Forms of Kinship in India by the Social Studies of Medicine Reading Group. I was interested in the fluid meanings of “motherhood”, the work that goes into human kinship, and how this all ties into … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: “Motherhood” (Paige Zhang, 1T7)

This Month’s Faculty Feature: “Do Something” by Dr. Jean Hudson

Do Something By Dr. Jean Hudson Biography: Dr. Jean Hudson is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine Queen's University, and has since 1998 been a practicing Family Physician with a special interest in palliative care, at Credit Valley Hospital and now Trillium Health Partners. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family … Continue reading This Month’s Faculty Feature: “Do Something” by Dr. Jean Hudson

Eden and I Are Playing Go Fish (Susie Berg)

She wears a pink cap to cover her bald head. She misses her hair. A lot. She’s five. There’s a tumour on her brain. Do you have any... She stops and studies her cards, points one by one, silently counting spades. ...sixes? Her mother shakes with laughter, soundlessly, clears away tears, touches Eden’s chin. You … Continue reading Eden and I Are Playing Go Fish (Susie Berg)

Things Taken (Isabel Hoskins)

Summary: A woman undergoes a hysterectomy to treat ovarian cancer. Though grateful for her survival, she spends her days thereafter mourning the loss of her menstrual periods - "[rhythms], predictable and cyclical and intimate". It was October, the thick middle of autumn, when I had my last period. I remember that I bled onto newly … Continue reading Things Taken (Isabel Hoskins)

Whose Body Is It, Anyway? (From “Complications” by Atul Gawande)

The first time I saw the patient it was the day before his surgery, I thought he might be dead. Joseph Lazaroff, as I'll call him, lay in bed, his eyes closed, a sheet pulled up over his thin, birdlike chest. When people are asleep—or even when they are anesthetized and not breathing by themselves—it … Continue reading Whose Body Is It, Anyway? (From “Complications” by Atul Gawande)

Jean Beckie (William Carlos Williams)

DURING A TIME like this, they kid a lot among the doctors and nurses on the obstetrical floor because of the rushing business in new babies that's pretty nearly always going on up there. It's the Depression, they say, nobody has any money so they stay home nights. But one bad result of this is … Continue reading Jean Beckie (William Carlos Williams)

Dead or Dyin’ (RageMD)

Photo cred: Justin Lam (1T7) Created by our very own Rageen Rajendram of the 1T8 Class! Instrumental produced by Art Aknid. Check out more of Rageen's work on his Facebook page. Lyrics: Is this death or dyin' Are we dead or dyin' Are we fallin or flyin’ Hold on to your life, I can hear you … Continue reading Dead or Dyin’ (RageMD)

This Month’s Faculty Interview: A Conversation with Ronna Bloom

I first met Ronna Bloom last year when she was facilitating a workshop for students as U of T’s Poet in Community. During this workshop, she gave participants the creative liberty to understand and express themselves through poetry. I later ran into Ronna several times throughout the year, including in her role as Poet in … Continue reading This Month’s Faculty Interview: A Conversation with Ronna Bloom