Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is our section for creative works by medical students.

Tammy Phillips Tammy Phillips (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Central Florida College of Medicine


Tammy is a second-year medical student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida. In 2019, she graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology. After graduating medical school, Tammy will pursue a career in surgery.




Six Feet Apart

March 2020 One inch more than the measure of me, and one inch less than that of my father. It’s been a while since I lined up, back to back. But if I did, the space between us would only read two inches. Maybe less now that he is older. Nearly sixty. Closer to the next decade than the last. It’s common knowledge that people shrink as they get older. Or at least I think …

The Anatomy Lesson

There were seven of us standing around the table as the attending surgeon debrided the infected fascia. The vascular surgeon came in the room and barked at us to identify the structures before us. “What’s that artery?” he interrogated us. “I’ll give you a hint,” he said, “there’s a deep and a superficial.” We named the sural nerve and iliotibialis band and the great saphenous vein. As we clamored around the table, I suddenly thought of the Rembrandt painting: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.

My Pandemic Journey and Thoughts

Unmotivated to study, I dedicated myself to researching the virus as well as its epidemiological, social and economical impact on our communities. Adjusting to life in quarantine was frustrating, and I felt like I was watching the world turn upside down. However, researching the pandemic felt much more relevant than trying to use all these anatomy apps to fill in gaps created by a lack of practical hands-on learning. 

Somiya Maheshwari Somiya Maheshwari (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of California Riverside School of Medicine


Somiya is a first year medical student at UC Riverside, class of 2023. In 2018, she graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She enjoys card games, cooking, and going to the gym. After graduating medical school, Somiya would like to pursue a career in Internal Medicine.