Off the Shelf

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

Diva Jhaveri Diva Jhaveri (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Cardiff University School of Medicine


Diva is a second year undergraduate medical student at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Wales. She is interested in pursuing surgery someday - her medical interests range from emergency medicine to OB/GYN. Beyond this she is an avid reader, writer, and singer.




Women With Notebooks

If you come into the hospital room before she arrives, you might miss the telltale signs of her existence. They are subtle — a soft sweater thrown over a chair for those drafty hospital wards or an absurdly expensive vegetable tray from the café downstairs on the patient’s table.

Stages of Grief

I had felt strange during the week leading up to the last ultrasound. Pregnancy is a roller coaster of sensations, but that week had been off a little. I barely noticed the ultrasound tech rubbing the cold, blue gel on my massive belly. I wanted to hear that sound: that quiet, pulsing sound of my baby racing to be born.

Sabila Siddiqui Sabila Siddiqui (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Dubai Medical College


Sabila is a desert-raised islander with roots in Pakistan who’s pursuing medicine in the United Arab Emirates. She values the importance of outreach in medical care and has journeyed to the wondrous world of writing; letting her words take the forms of poetry, short stories and articles. She believes in the importance of empathy, social justice, advocacy of mental health care and the need of puns and memes to enlighten one’s spirit. When she’s not glued to a screen or a textbook, she can be found volunteering, illustrating, clicking the world and indulging in an entertaining book while sipping on green tea and possibly imagining herself surrounded by cats.