Standing Ovation

By Elizabeth Niedra – Class of 2015 Sometimes someone goes into that black hole, that fringe-land on the end of the earth, and comes back. They come back to a place where, although their struggle is not done, they can, once again, smile like you, talk like you – speak your language. They can tell their […]

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Machines of Burden

By Richard Osborne – Class of 2014 “Don’t get too close.” We’ve all heard the proverb of the stoic physician, of the commanding stalwart who treats but seldom feels. The notion that there is a perpetual tension between empathy and efficiency in medicine is as old as it is clichéd. Compassion, we’re told, is the gateway to […]

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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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