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If I Could


"Book" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by DeFerrol

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.


Kamiar-K. Rueckert Kamiar-K. Rueckert (6 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Riga Stradins University


Kamiar-K. Rueckert is currently in his 6th year of Medical School in Riga, Latvia. In 2016, he founded www.psgriga.org in order to establish a foundation for students to learn about emotions in healthcare and psychosomatic concepts. He likes Hummus, continental philosophy and smoked Blutwurst. His previous articles have been published in theviennapsychoanalyst.at and the printed and online version of the Latvian student magazine semperanticus.lv.