Author: Andrew Garton

Andrew Garton Andrew Garton (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Andrew is a medical student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Outside of class, Andrew is chiefly involved in the Bard Hall Players (CUMC's medical student theater group) and CUHRON, a student clinic partnered with a syringe exchange program.




He Tells Me

He is not the first person to tell me that he’d rather be dead than alive. He is the first person to do so, so publicly. We sit side-by-side in orange, plastic chairs in a recessed, rectangular room awkwardly crammed in the middle of the unit. There is a nurse behind me taking the blood pressure of another man while he climbs stairs, part of the rehabilitation process for individuals receiving Ventricular Assist Devices in this hospital. Next to the nurses’ station stands a physical therapist, whom I’ve been tailing after like a cheerful retriever as part of our medical school’s homogenized introduction to hospital care.

Andrew Garton Andrew Garton (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Andrew is a medical student at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Outside of class, Andrew is chiefly involved in the Bard Hall Players (CUMC's medical student theater group) and CUHRON, a student clinic partnered with a syringe exchange program.