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Sunjit Parmar is a medical student in the Class of 2019 at the University of British Columbia

 

 

 

Warmth as hostility in a cruel summer’s dream:

Surrounded by the thick, humid mid-summer air, I await the prickling breeze of late November.

I drift beneath the cool, dark shadows... a nearby cedar sways above.

Aware of the fiery weather, a sheath of saline smothering me, I mindlessly plunge into a slow, warm stream. Upset by the warmth of the swampy summer water, I catch sight of my reflection: a suddenly aged man. I look away. ...continue reading

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Michael Gritti is a medical student in the Class of 2019 at the University of Toronto

 

 

“To induce asystole as needed.”
Looking the decision in the face
wasn't as simple as I'd thought, I conceded.
But, simply, was it right? Was it just?

Eighty millimoles of potassium chloride: ...continue reading

Charlotte BlackmoreCharlotte Blackmore
University of Toronto
Class of 2016

crazy brilliance

Beatrice Preti
McMaster University
Class of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

The curtains were drawn, I walked into the room,
Looked at the lady, and said, “How do you do?”
She was very kind, just a little bit addled,
But the doctors around us were really quite baffled
Had she had a stroke? Was it from the MVC?
There was nothing at all to see on the multiple CTs
Save a little bit of shadowing, in the corner over here
But the pictures were too blurry. No, not a single thing was clear!
So they made a few calls, and then made a couple more
They met with the consultants on every single floor
They put their heads together, and came up with an answer
“It’s so obvious!” they said. “She has metastatic cancer!”
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Kevin Dueck
Western University
Class of 2016

This piece was originally created for and showcased at Creating Space V (a White Coat, Warm ART exhibit in Vancouver, BC from April 24 to 28, 2015). It collects words and phrases that have been lost during clinical training, some due to superstition, others due to social pressures or encounters with patients.

 

(It’s)
Slow
Quiet

(I)
Promise
Guarantee
Know

(They’re)
Irritable
Lethargic

(I’m)
Sure
Tired
Sick

(You’ll)
Be Fine
Get Back Home

(They’ll)
Take Good Care of You

 

Kevin has also published a piece titled "Learning From Experience" on our Blog. For more of his work, check out his or follow him on Twitter @AbootMedicine.

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Mona Al-Taha
Dalhousie University
Class of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Patient M. presents to clinic,
Melanoma of the Heel.
Surgically excised,
Radial forearm free flap,
Doing well post-op.

Day 1 - How is the flap?
It's looking well-perfused, Dr.

Day 2 - Is it congested? Should we revise?
Let's operate.

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Kayla Simms
University of Ottawa
Class of 2016

Upon being accepted to medical school in 2012, I received a special edition of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” from a personal mentor; reminding me to not just look ahead, but to remember and cherish the distant memories that shape who we are. I recently stumbled upon this memorabilia when I returned home over the March Break, and sat down to write this poem.

This poem is a testament to the physician’s inner-child and the ‘art’ of medicine. ...continue reading