Artistic Expressions: Macho Man, Part 1

Kamini Doobay, Class of 2017, wrote this mix of poetry and prose after joining the treatment team for a 10-year-old boy with cancer.

His parents called.
They called every now and then –
to share new stories, to ask about fundraising events
they could attend, or simply to say thank you again
and again for saving their son.
They often sent fruit baskets, holiday cards and photos
of Joe playing ball, winning awards or just giving us
that innocent smile – one we know so well,
one that barely left his face,
even when he was going through hell.

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The Extraordinary Physician – Part 2

kamini still 1The following is the second in a two-part reflection piece written by Kamini Doobay, Class of 2015, during her Art and Science of Medicine (ASM) class. View part one.

The progress of science has transformed the study of human disease and advancing technology is allowing for tools to combat traditional gaps in knowledge. There are so many high-tech gadgets that aid us in diagnosing and treating diseases. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is revolutionizing medical education by providing state of the art instruments in the classroom and clinic. We are able to use handheld ultrasound machines in our ‘Art and Science of Medicine’ course to become familiar with useful clinical skills earlier on in our careers. This is truly incredible.

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A Day in the Life: I Actually Get to Have a Social Life!

Tuesday

Today I discovered a wonderful aspect of academic medicine – Grand Rounds. We all get the lengthy emails sent every Thursday notifying us of the wide variety of activities Mount Sinai has to offer yet I had never considered the notices about grand rounds to be directed at me, the first year medical student only 1/8th of the way to the MD degree. In last week’s announcement however, the Oncology Grand Rounds on the Role of Autophagy in Lung Cancer caught my eye. Armed with my knowledge from the Molecular Cellular and Genomics course that I just left behind in December, I went to the session held at noon in Seminar Room A in the Hess Center. Granted, there were several instances where I felt I knew nothing but then they would be followed by moments of illumination, where my classroom experience and medicine in the real world aligned. Grand rounds have since become one of my favorite pastimes.

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