Tag: humanism in medicine

Andrew Garton Andrew Garton (2 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.




A Donor’s Story

The morning that we met was one most medical students eagerly anticipate as they embark on the journey that is medical education. Excitedly I put on my first set of scrubs, elated to look like a “real” doctor. Beneath my external façade however, I was masking an underlying feeling of anxiety.

The Burden of Knowledge

I’ve heard it said that knowledge is power, and that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. I still remember getting a text from my mother when I was on my OB/GYN rotation, during the first window of time I had gotten to use the bathroom all day. I remember her texting me a picture of a CT scan of my grandfather’s lungs with the words: “What does this mean?”

Transitioning to the Clinical Years: Be A Duck

“Be a duck,” became my mantra throughout medical school, so much so that my mother had it printed onto a canvas and has it hanging on a wall at home in my honor. As a medical student you might think I would be more interested in having the prowess of a lioness, the elegance of an eagle, the speed of a cheetah or the energy of a dolphin. A duck, as most envision it, does not have much appeal; except, however, when swimming. The quote that led me to emulate the duck is Michael Caine’s, “Be a duck, remain calm on the surface and paddle like the dickens underneath.”

Please Not Me

“Please not me,” I pray earnestly. Not me. Not me. I don’t want to become the medical student-turned-resident-turned-physician who loses empathy. The one who loses compassion. The one who takes lives and near death experiences for granted, who quickly learns, as an ER attending once bluntly stated, that “everyone’s a liar.” Not me.

Ashley Ellis Ashley Ellis (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Kansas School of Medicine


Ashley is a third year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, then earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in microbiology and dance. She hopes to pursue a residency in internal medicine or anesthesiology. When not busy at the hospital, she enjoys journaling about her experiences, running, and attempting to cook new recipes.