Tag: prose

Elaine Hsiang Elaine Hsiang (1 Posts)

Medical Student Editor

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine


Elaine is a second-year medical student at UCSF School of Medicine with interests in LGBTQ health and rad medicine for the underserved. In a dream life she would probably spend her days watching corgi videos, learning languages, and putting together an anthology of poems titled, "where have you been?"




Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

how quickly one turns on oneself  inner demons circling overhead like opportunistic infections ready to invade predator and prey so vulnerable unprotected and unarmed.  survival of the fittest  I wrote this poem just a few weeks ago during a moment of overwhelming emotions that felt all too familiar. I’ve been writing poetry since middle school; it has always been a source of refuge for me, an outlet for my deepest fears and anxieties. Letting my …

autumn autopsy

as I walk away from your linoleum tomb I run my tongue over cracked lips for the first time and they are no longer attached but hanging like you were and will always be suspended from cold mental concrete waiting for warm hands to pull you down and then pull you apart before your body bursts into a thousand crisp autumn leaves and the wind scoops you up scatters beautiful bright sun droplets over your …

Ward Wonders

The echo of heartbeats near the newfound graves, With the first breath of life and the last sigh of death Waving to each other in the night. Birthdays and funerals march along in unison, doors apart. Faces in scrubs rise and set with the sun, While those stuck in bed can only change their gowns, and wait. The rhythmic beeps of machines And the clack of shoes on the linoleum floor Sing a comforting melody. …

Old Talents

One of the things that I have learnt Ever since I have embarked on this long, long journey Is that with endless responsibilities Comes the increasing importance of prioritizing and letting go What matters most And what matters less Always in some sort of dynamic balance between Marching towards a tangible goal and Melting down in a binary world of studying and not.   Twelve years, sounds like a long time So many years of …

The Study of Gratitude

They are your first patients we were told. And like with later patients, with them we shared discovery, struggles and triumphs. I learned from each and every one, so much, so generously, each and every day.   But unlike any other patients I will ever know, when I was with them I was in the presence of extraordinary grace and giving.  And in those moments when the sky was darkening outside the windows and the …

Amanda Rutishauser (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


Amanda Rutishauser is a Class of 2016 medical student at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. She holds a BS in creative writing and microbiology from the University of Michigan and an MS in narrative medicine from Columbia University. She is the recipient of two Hopwood Awards and a William Carlos Williams Poetry award. She lives in West Michigan with her canary, Winston.