Tag: poetry

Slavena Salve Nissan Slavena Salve Nissan (1 Posts)

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 first 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.




Human Growth Mechanisms

I wrote this poem during my first year as a medical student while learning physiology. I was struck by the concept of human growth mechanisms. I found it fascinating that our organs grow and change in size through such concrete cellular mechanisms. Growth is such a universal and fundamental characteristic to living beings, and I wanted to play with both language and form to contrast a scientific explanation of growth to the emotional growth that occurs when we experience pain or suffering.

Peter Farag Peter Farag (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Toronto's Mississauga Academy of Medicine


Peter Farag is a third year medical student at the University of Toronto's Mississauga Academy of Medicine.