Off the Shelf

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

Maria Hanna (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Maria is a second year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, class of 2022. In 2018, she graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and Hispanic studies. She enjoys traveling, reading, exploring the city, and trying new foods in her free time. After graduating medical school, Maria would like to pursue a career in pediatrics or emergency medicine, with an emphasis on global health.


You lose your pen with the red and blue and black ink when the attending asks to borrow it with an impatient hand on inpatient rounds. You lose your voice when they stand around waiting and the monitor hoots and the family stares and the fellow says, speak up! You lose your list somewhere on the walk between Bed 21 and Bed 42 and you swore you had it but now it’s gone. But you …

Sarah Bassiouni Sarah Bassiouni (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

UC San Diego School of Medicine

Sarah S. Bassiouni is a first-year medical student at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. In 2011 she graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Following this, she earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan in 2016, and she has been a nationally certified phlebotomist (PBT(ASCP)) since 2014. Sarah is passionate about eliminating health disparities both locally and globally. In her increasingly rare free time, she can be found writing in local coffee shops or hiking with loved ones. Sarah plans to pursue a career in academic medicine and global surgery.