The State of Pain

The State of Pain For every true discomfort that we medicate, we risk creating more. With similar stories, they claim immeasurable pain alleviated by only their concoction of choice; desperate they have become. Without sight of the perils both immediate and distant, they ask for more and we oblige. Kyle T. Amber  Read More

Patient Teachers

Patient Teachers They waited Silently, without complaint, standing in crowded halls, sitting in uncomfortable chairs, straining to hear their names, waiting for us, their students. Waiting to teach us collaboration. to meet our needs, their needs. For us, to learn about care and caring. For them, to be cared for, cared about. Our patients. Grateful to us for giving care and caring... Read More

Shot Through with Sadness, Watercolor

Artist: James Johnson Shot Through with Sadness, Watercolor Everyone in medical school at one point has a crisis of doubt. We wonder if we made the wrong choice of specialty, chose the right school, or made the right ethical choice in a no-win situation. The pain can be acute, piercing, and heavy. From this featured creature, tears and self-doubt pour from in every direction as... Read More

Morning Rounds

Morning Rounds “Good morning,” I said. “Come closer,” she asked. I usually did not, could not, standing in the doorway. “Do you need anything?”, I asked. “Come closer,” she said. I am close, I thought. The room was small, filled by her bed. I moved closer, foreseeing her death, which I could not prevent. “I like it when you are close”. I moved even closer, reaching... Read More

A Tribute to Two Patients

Author: Arielle Hopwood Prior to receiving the Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award, I was certain that I was interested in specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, but I knew very little about the field of gynecology oncology and even less about ovarian cancer. These last four weeks have impelled me to gain a sobering maturity that I, a fledgling twenty-two year old and a rising... Read More

House of Medicine

Author: Brett Van Leer-Greenberg, Class 2014 Editor: Melissa Stone, Class of 2015 Originating in the pyramids with the wise proverbs of Imhotep, the house of medicine has been under a continuous state of discovery and development. Our forbearers Hippocrates, Maimonides, and Galen laid the foundations upon which the likes of Salk, Laennec, and Cushing built great cathedrals of knowledge.... Read More

Reminder

Author: Mallory Raymond             I thought I was acting completely normal – walking as fast as I possibly could from the train stop to class, because I insisted on taking the 8:47 train – during those first few weeks of anatomy. I made the choice. Sleep ten extra minutes, burn some calories with my daily morning sprint, and skip the unnecessary intros. And... Read More

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