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

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

“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 Student Submission: A Traveller’s Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5)

  A Traveller's Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5) Description: A glimpse of a remembered or anticipated experience, influenced sometimes by our foundations of knowledge and societal expectations, but rooted always in a sense of adventure. Through a metaphorical depiction of a traveller on the road, this painting explores one's travels through a career in medicine, whether that … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: A Traveller’s Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5)

This Month’s Student Submission: The Interview Question I Almost Boycotted (Azza Eissa)

  Author’s Note: This story is about a special and difficult encounter I had with a patient during my first year in medical school, and all the questions it provoked after: should doctors display emotions or stay reserved at the bedside? How about holding a patient’s hand or hugging a patient who is crying? This … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: The Interview Question I Almost Boycotted (Azza Eissa)

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 Student Submission: Why I Come to Class (Justin Lam)

This time last year, I had a great idea. But before I tell you about that idea, I must share two discoveries with you to put everything in context. First: I had noticed, as you probably have as well, that it was faster and more efficient to watch the recorded lectures, which you could speed … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: Why I Come to Class (Justin Lam)

Becoming a Physician (RageMD)

Created by our very own Rageen Rajendram of the 1T8 Class! Instrumental produced by Apollo Brown. Check out more of Rageen's work on his Facebook page. Lyrics: This is a verse about becoming a Physician/ The decision to listen to the conviction, dreams comin' into fruition/ I wrote this verse for Artbeat, just a taste of … Continue reading Becoming a Physician (RageMD)

A Feast for the Senses (Ben Chin-Yee)

They say smell is the sense most linked to memory But I doubt this stench of formaldehyde will help me to remember The path of cranial nerve III, or the branches of the celiac artery The origin and insertion of the flexor digiti minimi? I cannot recall… In our visual world, smell the neglected sense … Continue reading A Feast for the Senses (Ben Chin-Yee)

The Delivery – Part 3 (J.R. McConnery)

The stack of papers had diminished in size and the heat rising off his half eaten cashew chicken and basmati had long since disappeared when Wilson heard a faint scraping. He’d heard it all of his life. The door to his apartment when he was a kid, and he’d huddled under the blankets as his … Continue reading The Delivery – Part 3 (J.R. McConnery)

The Delivery – Part 2 (J.R. McConnery)

Wilson let the CA fall to his desk as he sat down. It clattered toward the edge, but he made no move to catch it. He’d adapted to it, but every so often he was reminded how strange it was having a computer diagnose his patients for him. When he’d trained with the thing, it … Continue reading The Delivery – Part 2 (J.R. McConnery)