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White Coat Project – Studio AMWA

White coats have been symbols of the honor, dignity, and responsibility in the field of medicine. The white coats are conferred upon first year medical students as an induction to their own journeys towards becoming compassionate healers. The coats evolve with the training, from short,

Comic Storytelling in Medicine

Ben Schwartz, MD is a Staff Cartoonist for the New Yorker and an instructor in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduating from medical school at Columbia University and completing an internship in internal medicine, Schwartz decided

He Who Gets Out of Medical School First, Finishes Last

Four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school and then residency—that is the winding road to becoming a doctor in the United States.  It is long, expensive, and compared to just five years of medical school followed by residency in Pakistan, seemingly ridiculous.

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Now in its 8th year, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8000 entries from over 60 countries. All awards are for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines of verse on a medical theme. The 2017 Hippocrates Awards are being organized in

Our Year in Review

Dear readers of Doctors Who Create, Thank you for being our fans and supporters. We know many of you are busy, but we’ve been encouraged by your excitement over our posts and the eagerness of the DWC audience to see more. We are a team

Caring for People by Caring for the Planet

According to the World Health Organization, over 8.2 million people died in 2012 because of the effects of air pollution.  The United Nations environmental agency estimates that one in four deaths globally are due to environmental degradation. Adding an additional estimated 250,000 deaths annually from

Doing Harm?

As the first day of gross anatomy closed in, I tried to prepare myself. The problem was I had few comparable experiences to draw upon—which, when it comes to slicing open a human body, is definitely not a bad thing. There was one dissection in

Narrative Medicine in Practice

Katherine Chretien, MD is chief hospitalist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). At SMHS, where she completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program, she

An Open Letter to You, My Patients

Dear Standardized Patient Number 1, and Number 3, Mr. C from the 3rd Floor of the Reinberg Building, and Ms. P from across the hall, dear Mr. L from just last Thursday, and the Mrs. L I’ll meet one day, Did I ever say thank

Mahosot Surgery III

  Title: Mahosot Surgery III Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 28″ x 22″ Date: Spring – Oct. 17th, 2016 About: Mahosot Surgery III was inspired by the artist’s time spent at Mahosot Hospital, a public hospital in the capital city of Laos. There she shadowed

Cadaver 4

While the city sleeps tucked beneath a dark embrace my mind hears yours. Talk. I am listening. Though nothing but a frail soul beating in basement of cadavers answers. I know you are here. In the heartbeat of silence I imagine a house, a car,

Sitting on the High

Sitting on the high granite ledge overlooking the fog as it drifted onto the valley floor, obscuring the golden headlights as they weaved on hidden roads, carrying hidden lives, I finally felt a semblance of peace.  I had come here to escape the tragedy that

Remodeling Healthcare through Architecture

Diana Anderson, M.D., M.Arch, is a “Dochitect®,” or physician-architect who practices internal medicine while exploring architecture’s influence within the hospital walls. She has written for architectural and medical publications such as World Health Design, Healthcare Design Magazine, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.