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Essays & Poetry

Another ‘Q’ Word Day in the Boondocks

Kavneet Kaur, MS3

Character Description Kavneet:  A naïve 3rd year medical student working a shift in a rural Emergency Department at the time of yet another COVID surge....

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Art

Didactics to OR

Sarah Lyon, MS3

paper and ink, tape, and acrylic paint on canvas A Medical Student’s first time scrubbing into the OR. Snippets of everything they learned during didactics...

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Essays & Poetry

Not Another One

Sarah Cheema, MS3

Sometimes I don’t know if I can handle another one. Another uncomfortable pause, another sudden shift in body language, another dance of “did you get...

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Essays & Poetry

Take a moment

Shanice Cox, MS3

Written & Performed by Shanice Cox [audio m4a="https://mdschool.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Take-a-moment….m4a"][/audio]   Take a Moment Chapter I: Obstetrics and Gynecology Take a moment... to breathe Take a moment...to...

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Essays & Poetry

Feel

Shelby Wildish

Character Description: Medical Student. Female. Late 20s. Eager to learn medicine, self-critical about self-expectations, general baseline tiredness. Wearing hospital issued scrubs, white coat, old worn-out sneakers....

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Essays & Poetry

Walden Leaves

Patrick Powers, MS2

Sometimes, it is nice just to sit and listen to the wind rustle the leaves.  The cooling temperatures linger in the air like a prelude...

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Essays & Poetry

Pruning the Grapevine

Peter Park, MS1

When I was little, I spent my pre-teen summers with my grandfather in Korea. He was a retired salesman who spent his time coaching the...

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Art

Bones

Lauren Moore, MS2

Essays & Poetry

Pain in Medicine

Henri Levy, MS2

The man on the table was a stranger to me as many patients tend to be in healthcare. I had never heard his voice nor...

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Essays & Poetry

The Maternal Fugue

Matthew Pagano, MS2

A mother and son duet.   Mom draw her staff, Linea nigra noting her fertile tune  Blue lines track his song, and purple hers.  Yellow...

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Essays & Poetry

Reflections on Resilience

Tom Deas, MD, Physician Development Coach

Resilience by Peggy Godfrey No promises the wind will make Unto the tender grasses Nor leave a trace or memory Nor count the time that...

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Essays & Poetry

Choose Medicine

Helena Kons, MS3

After three months of excruciating hours, ailing patients that had been stuck in the hospital for weeks, and intimidating attendings who peppered us with questions...

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Essays & Poetry

You were younger than my mother

Grace Newell, MS3

As I walk down the hall of the ICU toward your room, I know I am about to encounter something new. Just two days ago...

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Essays & Poetry

COVID-19: The Never-Ending loop

Arsalan Ali, MS2 and Benjamin Jacobs, MS2

Arsalan Ali “I feel very alone.” After several months of being completely online for medical school due to the pandemic, my life started to feel...

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Essays & Poetry

Brown Sugar

Toni Igbokidi, MS1

Inside rooms where spirit is tethered to time Lie incubators — warm and full of gab, frisk with Glimmer and giddy — defiant souls of...

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Essays & Poetry

Backfire Effect

Juhi Shah, MS2

In the webcomic The Oatmeal, illustrator Matthew Inman tackles the backfire effect. He goes on to discuss how the part of one's brain called amygdala "makes...

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Essays & Poetry

Trunk

Lauren Moore, MS1

I named you “Babar.”   A familiar fixture on my face so permanent  Bloodied blisters bloomed where skin and plastic met.  The soft space between lip and nose wrinkled from weeks...

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Essays & Poetry

Medicine is the most humane of the sciences and scientific of the humanities

Dilan S. Shah, MS2

She was my first real patient. Before the pandemic, I regularly saw her at my family medicine clerkship for routine follow-ups. Always accompanied by her...

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Essays & Poetry

A Sister

Caden D. Duffy, MS1

I walked into the patient’s room and saw my sister. At least, Mary* could have been my sister for her age and complexion seemed to...

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Essays & Poetry

Reflections on Facing Death in Medicine

by Emma DiFiore, MS1

Maybe it is the fact that the clinic I have been placed in as a first-year medical student is primarily patients aged 65 and up,...

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Photos

None, yet – want to be the first?

Do you have a HuMed inspired photography series you'd like to submit? Visit our submission page to send us your ideas or connect with Chase...

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Essays & Poetry

Another ‘Q’ Word Day in the Boondocks

Kavneet Kaur, MS3

Character Description Kavneet:  A naïve 3rd year medical student working a shift in a rural Emergency Department at the time of yet another COVID surge....

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Not Another One

Sarah Cheema, MS3

Sometimes I don’t know if I can handle another one. Another uncomfortable pause, another sudden shift in body language, another dance of “did you get...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Take a moment

Shanice Cox, MS3

Written & Performed by Shanice Cox [audio m4a="https://mdschool.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Take-a-moment….m4a"][/audio]   Take a Moment Chapter I: Obstetrics and Gynecology Take a moment... to breathe Take a moment...to...

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Essays & Poetry

Feel

Shelby Wildish

Character Description: Medical Student. Female. Late 20s. Eager to learn medicine, self-critical about self-expectations, general baseline tiredness. Wearing hospital issued scrubs, white coat, old worn-out sneakers....

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Essays & Poetry

Walden Leaves

Patrick Powers, MS2

Sometimes, it is nice just to sit and listen to the wind rustle the leaves.  The cooling temperatures linger in the air like a prelude...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Pruning the Grapevine

Peter Park, MS1

When I was little, I spent my pre-teen summers with my grandfather in Korea. He was a retired salesman who spent his time coaching the...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Pain in Medicine

Henri Levy, MS2

The man on the table was a stranger to me as many patients tend to be in healthcare. I had never heard his voice nor...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

The Maternal Fugue

Matthew Pagano, MS2

A mother and son duet.   Mom draw her staff, Linea nigra noting her fertile tune  Blue lines track his song, and purple hers.  Yellow...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Reflections on Resilience

Tom Deas, MD, Physician Development Coach

Resilience by Peggy Godfrey No promises the wind will make Unto the tender grasses Nor leave a trace or memory Nor count the time that...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Choose Medicine

Helena Kons, MS3

After three months of excruciating hours, ailing patients that had been stuck in the hospital for weeks, and intimidating attendings who peppered us with questions...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

You were younger than my mother

Grace Newell, MS3

As I walk down the hall of the ICU toward your room, I know I am about to encounter something new. Just two days ago...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

COVID-19: The Never-Ending loop

Arsalan Ali, MS2 and Benjamin Jacobs, MS2

Arsalan Ali “I feel very alone.” After several months of being completely online for medical school due to the pandemic, my life started to feel...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Brown Sugar

Toni Igbokidi, MS1

Inside rooms where spirit is tethered to time Lie incubators — warm and full of gab, frisk with Glimmer and giddy — defiant souls of...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Backfire Effect

Juhi Shah, MS2

In the webcomic The Oatmeal, illustrator Matthew Inman tackles the backfire effect. He goes on to discuss how the part of one's brain called amygdala "makes...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Trunk

Lauren Moore, MS1

I named you “Babar.”   A familiar fixture on my face so permanent  Bloodied blisters bloomed where skin and plastic met.  The soft space between lip and nose wrinkled from weeks...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Medicine is the most humane of the sciences and scientific of the humanities

Dilan S. Shah, MS2

She was my first real patient. Before the pandemic, I regularly saw her at my family medicine clerkship for routine follow-ups. Always accompanied by her...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

A Sister

Caden D. Duffy, MS1

I walked into the patient’s room and saw my sister. At least, Mary* could have been my sister for her age and complexion seemed to...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Reflections on Facing Death in Medicine

by Emma DiFiore, MS1

Maybe it is the fact that the clinic I have been placed in as a first-year medical student is primarily patients aged 65 and up,...

Read More
Photos

None, yet – want to be the first?

Do you have a HuMed inspired photography series you'd like to submit? Visit our submission page to send us your ideas or connect with Chase...

View Photos
Art

Didactics to OR

Sarah Lyon, MS3

paper and ink, tape, and acrylic paint on canvas A Medical Student’s first time scrubbing into the OR. Snippets of everything they learned during didactics...

View Art
Art

Bones

Lauren Moore, MS2

View Art
Essays & Poetry

Another ‘Q’ Word Day in the Boondocks

Kavneet Kaur, MS3

Character Description Kavneet:  A naïve 3rd year medical student working a shift in a rural Emergency Department at the time of yet another COVID surge....

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Take a moment

Shanice Cox, MS3

Written & Performed by Shanice Cox [audio m4a="https://mdschool.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Take-a-moment….m4a"][/audio]   Take a Moment Chapter I: Obstetrics and Gynecology Take a moment... to breathe Take a moment...to...

Read More
Essays & Poetry

Feel

Shelby Wildish

Character Description: Medical Student. Female. Late 20s. Eager to learn medicine, self-critical about self-expectations, general baseline tiredness. Wearing hospital issued scrubs, white coat, old worn-out sneakers....

Read More