Mr… uhmmm? Sorry, can’t recall your name, yes you, sir… Finally, he came out of his office and asked me to come in. For the past four hours, I’ve been waiting, seeing people coming in and coming out of the room at the end of the hallway. Dr. Wang — smooth white coat, stethoscope gently wrapping his […]Read More The Journal of Imaginary Diseases: The Blind Spot
“Please be aware that most stem cell donors and patients never meet.” The Guide for Potential Unrelated Donors, OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. Canadian Blood Services. There’s a message on the machine when I get home from work. A red and flashing number 1. A rainy Thursday in May. I slide the […]Read More A Match
He called me “Dr.” — I am no doctor. Did he not hear me introduce myself as just a medical student? I open his chart full of tabs and labels — but to me it is an angry mess of half-filled forms. Drowning under drug names, I barely have the sense to register that his […]Read More Dr.
My ear is tuned to the music around me, sounds an untrained ear might never notice. A man coughing as his wife pats his back, a baby gasping for breath after a crying spell, a woman by the window slurring her speech after one cocktail too many. All of these have the potential for disaster, […]Read More Time Doesn’t Stop
Written by Angela Hu, c2018 ====== Begin scene ====== I walk into the room, along with another medical student and our preceptor for the day, a home care nurse. The patient’s wife greets us cheerfully, welcoming us in and treating us like old friends. Outside the hallway of the retirement home is musty and old, […]Read More Clocks
The Student Spotlight is a glimpse into the lives of McMaster medical students through portraits and storytelling. The goal is to highlight the wonderful diversity of our student body. Meet Sabrina, a 23-year-old Canadian Jamaican-Chinese (Hakka) from Markham, Ontario. Here are some of Sabrina’s favourite things… Hobby: Trying to guess babies’ ages based on their developmental […]Read More Student Spotlight: Sabrina Lue Tam
The Student Spotlight is a glimpse into the lives of McMaster medical students through portraits and storytelling. The goal is to highlight the wonderful diversity of our student body. Meet Gayathri Naganathan, 28 year old from Vavuniya, Sri Lanka Some of her favourite things… Hobby: Bharathanatyam, though I don’t get to practice it as often […]Read More STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Gayathri Naganathan (C2018)