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Rithu Srikantha Rithu Srikantha (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


Rithu is from Iowa City, Iowa. She tragically knows nothing about farming. She enjoys knitting, baking, and house music.




A Lesson in Fragility

On the first day of my psychiatry rotation I was anxious, and like most students I worried. I worried I would not have anything to say and I worried I would say too much. I worried I would say the wrong thing at the wrong time and I worried that my words would be more consequential than I ever intended them to be. I worried about my worry. My internal monologue was extremely intrusive, though I welcomed the change from my previous few weeks in the operating room, and I looked forward to exercising a new set of skills. Perhaps I simply felt relief that no one could yell at me for not knowing how to read people’s mind while looking outrageously enthusiastic with only my eyes while in the operating room.

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Passion For The Process

Aside from the obvious anatomical and physiological implications that dictate sports, I am convinced that there are numerous principles that run parallel between medicine and sports. The aim of The Sport of Medicine is two-fold: to show that there is power in understanding the journey of others to help mold our own, and why I believe that medicine is a sport in its own, unique way.

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Blurred Lines: The Doctor-Patient Relationship-in-Training

It is one thing to be a doctor and another to be a patient. It is a radically different thing to be a medical student paired by your medical school to a physician who is your “patient-partner.” Sounds like a word salad, but that is where I found myself as a first-year medical student at The Geisel School of Medicine of Dartmouth a few weeks after moving to New Hampshire, weeks before I would receive my white coat, months before I would have any clear idea of what the medical world is really like.

Vivienne Meljen Vivienne Meljen (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Vivienne T. Meljen is a third-year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth ('17) and a graduate of The University of Scranton ('13). She is a 2013 Truman Scholar and National Health Service Corps Scholar interested in working with medically underserved populations. Vivienne first learned about Narrative Medicine through an English course in college and is taking strides to begin to share her stories. She takes pride in her education and work as a physician-to-be as well as spending time with her family and enjoying outdoor action sports any time of year and anywhere. Follow her on Twitter: @StethoscopeOn