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I pushed her wheelchair from the waiting room of the emergency department into the space where her body would be inspected by a machine, and then I brought her back. That day had made little time for her stories. Her body was already large enough.

Finding Creativity in Medicine

Last month, I participated in my first medicine-related “Story Slam,” at the AMSA (American Medical Student Association) convention in Washington, D.C. I had to speak for about 5 minutes, without notes and without sounding like a robot, about my path to choosing medicine as a career.

If Disney Were a Physician

I wanted to become an artist long before I wanted to become a doctor. While my classmates were going through the fireman, astronaut or paleontologist stage (okay, I also had an astronaut stage), I wanted to work for Disney and draw the next Lion King.

Drawing from Medicine

In medical school, we study every nook and cranny in the human body- what it looks like, how it works, and what happens when things go wrong. Many days, studying resorts to stone cold memorization- which cranial nerves innervate the tongue? What cardiac anomalies comprise the Tetralogy of

How Creative Medical Students Study

Life hacking has become immensely popular in the past decade. Entrepreneurs, artists, and academics have all written about the tips and tricks they use to work smarter. Some people do this so that they can travel the world full-time. Some want to explore a personal

Providing Data to Drive Policy-Making

Doctors, medical professionals and students are uniquely positioned to make major contributions to the field of policy making. I think the medical community often feels isolated from policy because it seems abstract. It is something done by politicians, lawyers and policy wonks on Capitol Hill.

Doodling to Learn Medicine

Growing up, I always struggled with math and science. My teachers encouraged me to pursue my more natural talents, which were in the arts and humanities. I never thought I could make it in medical school with my hard science deficiencies and my unstructured, creative

Reviving the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Dr. Vikas Saini, MD is the president of the Lown Institute, which aims to change the healthcare system to improve patient care and address health care disparities. After studying philosophy at Princeton and medicine at Dalhousie University, Dr. Saini completed his residency at Baltimore City

Tackling Malaria in Malawi

Going to the Transom Traveling Workshop in June 2015 was a life-changing experience for me. It was a weeklong workshop on how to produce a radio story from start to finish. It was incredible to devote an entire week to a creative pursuit I had

Dance and Doctoring

 I’m Chris, a second year medical student about to enter into the wards.  Going into college, I would never have guessed that I would end up in a dance group within the first few weeks of class.  Learning to dance, choreograph, and perform contemporary and

Writer-in-Residence at a Hospital

Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and writer-in-residence for its division of general internal medicine. She received her B.A. in English literature from Yale and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins, as well as her M.F.A. in nonfiction

Writing is the Least Squeaky Wheel

Christine Montross, MD, MFA is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the Director of Counseling Resources at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree and her MFA in poetry from

Scaling Healthcare Innovation

Sachin Jain, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for the California-based Medicare healthcare company CareMore. Prior to this role, Dr. Jain was the Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at the global pharmaceutical company Merck, focused on leveraging digital health and data. He was also an attending

Now, the Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

Three years ago, the AMSA chapter at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, led by medical students Stephanie Oh (an MD/PhD student currently in her PhD years) and Andrew Orr (currently a PGY-1 in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania), initiated

Do you want your doctor to be creative?

If I were to ask you right now to list the most important qualities you want in a doctor, you would probably start with “competent” and “empathetic.” The first word out of your mouth would probably not be “creative.” And yet, there is a growing

Submit to Intima by July 31st

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine is a literary journal created in 2010 by students in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Narrative Medicine program. The journal is now open to submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 31st at midnight. Intima