One thing bothers me:
Books are most of what we see.
Doctor-patient relationship —
Only mentioned in them, flip by flip.
Meeting patients is the key,
But first come studies, then we see.
A paradox: the gate to health is both
Knowledge and empathetic growth.
A good relationship is learn-able,
But apart from books, indiscernible.
The paradox follows: study well,
Then truly learn in residency’s hell
If I could, the one thing I would change
Is to widen the medical range.
Combine books and relationships,
So students and patients learn the tips.
Poetry Thursdays is a weekly newsletter that highlights poems by medical students and physicians. This initiative is led by Slavena Salve Nissan at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Slavena.