Clocks

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, […]

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Dance on Clouds

  By Beatrice Preti, c2017 We had finished the OR list early that day, and I’d run to the university library to find some books. As I was walking towards the check-out desk, I tripped over my own feet (typical me), scattering the books everywhere. A boy nearby helped me collect what I now realised […]

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Grieving While in Medical School

By: Emma Herrington, c2018, Hamilton Campus My father took his own life five months into my training as a medical student. His death was public; photos of the scene were shared on twitter before I even knew. On the morning of his death, I was working at my family medicine placement in Burlington. At the […]

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Over Dragon Fruit

I had not seen nor spoken to my grandfather in twenty years. I had occasionally written letters corresponding with him during my childhood, but we gradually lost touch during my teenage years. While the rest of my extended family in Viet Nam had prescribed to the Western advances in communications technology, connecting via various smartphone […]

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A Day in the Life

By Rhea B. D’Costa – Class of 2016 — Bbrringg! The shrieking trill of the alarm clock jolted Tamara out of her beauty sleep. Dammit! Why was life so unfair? The magazine launch after-party last night had been a terrible mistake and she couldn’t even remember why. She peeled her silk eye mask from her face […]

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Alice in deGroote-land (Part 3)

By Beatrice Preti, Class of 2017 “Now. Tea.” The Hatter snapped his fingers, and three teacups appeared. “Please enjoy,” he said, with a little bow, as he passed Mary Ann and Alice a cup each. “I brewed it myself.” Mary Ann sniffed twice before emptying her cup on the ground. “I need coffee,” she growled. […]

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Alice in deGroote-land (Part 2)

By Beatrice Preti, Class of 2017 “I don’t believe I was ever this bad,” said the strange being, who was falling beside Alice ,though it seemed to be enjoying the ride. “Here, take this. You’ll need it.” “What is — oomph!” Alice landed face-first in a pile of wonderfully soft pillows. “Oh, my,” said Alice. […]

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Alice in deGroote-land (Part 1)

By Beatrice Preti, Class of 2017 ‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and Alice the Pre-Med student (or ‘Practically a Doctor,’ as she preferred to say) was poring diligently over her Organic Biomolecular Chemistry notes – specifically, Chapter 289 on Novel Halogenation Techniques for Molecule 4387028u0DFGDFG3985209, Serotype P. “Oh, woe is me!” cried Alice. “I’m so […]

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Inside-out

By: Ariela Rozenek – Class of 2015 Scene: A family gathering at a restaurant. A med student, Cynthia, enters, having not seen her family in some time. Everyone is eating and enjoying exciting conversation. Aunt: Cynth! It’s so good to see you dear. How is school? Cynthia: It’s great auntie! My classes are going really […]

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When Aunty X Asks About Her DiabetAs: privilege, responsibility and humility in med school

By: Sumeet Khanna – Class of 2015 The Miramba ringtone. Caller ID tells me it’s…AUNTY X. “Sumeet?” I hear trepidation and anxiety. “Hi Aunty X. How are -” “I’m taking a pill.” She finishes the thought, expecting me to know precisely what she’s talking about. I don’t. But I take a moment to relax and […]

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