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first year


new introduction
my name is…
and i’m a med student
in the bodega in the elevator
in the mirror

anatomy lab
branches parts sections
humanity humanity

first stethoscope
eartips pointed forward
right i knew that

1:45 a.m.
something’s wrong
emesis once an hour for nine hours
thanks noro

learning about arrhythmias in physio
cute guy texts me
pretty sure i have afib
false alarm

taking vitals (on a real patient)
proceed to whack said patient
with the sphygmomanowhat-er
(god bless patient patients)

last course
fungi flu fluoroquino-loans
noro revisited

first year done
quarter doctor
(or so they say)

Slavena Salve Nissan Slavena Salve Nissan (2 Posts)

Medical Student Editor and Contributing Writer

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Slavena Salve Nissan moved to Brooklyn, New York from Baku, Azerbaijan when she was 6-years-old and comes from an ethnic minority known as the Mountain Jews. She graduated with a major in biology from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2015 and after graduation, worked as a medical receptionist. She’s currently a second year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she’s continuing to explore the intricacies of her two passions: healthcare and the arts. You can find her poetry and photography @slavenareina on Instagram.