“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)

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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: 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)

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)

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)

MSIGECAPS … and I (Justin Oh)

Moist eyes on murky silt of morning dews Scant layer of oxygen in the atmosphere Incandescent light, dim and unclear. And I Gasp for respite, right now. Right here. “Eternity is long enough for a joke.” So mom, I will Come back by breakfast, I hope it’s bacons. As I look down, soft concrete bed … Continue reading MSIGECAPS … and I (Justin Oh)

Myasthenia Gravis (Narayan Chattergoon)

ASCM, mid-October. A new medical student nervously steps into the exam room, mulling over OPQRST, trying to remember the order to ask questions, and breathes a sigh of relief when he realizes that his self-made “cheat sheet” will help him through everything he has to ask. The patient, Mrs. M, sits in the chair. She … Continue reading Myasthenia Gravis (Narayan Chattergoon)

There’s no prescription for that…. (Lisa Saldanha)

I sat in the doctor’s office, rummaging through my oversized, brown bag. The nursing student shot a wary look at me, remarking, “You seem very stressed”. I tried to brush it off, laughing, but then proceeded to drop the contents of my bag all over the floor. Who was I trying to fool? Ever since … Continue reading There’s no prescription for that…. (Lisa Saldanha)