Off the Shelf

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

Aishwarya Iyer Aishwarya Iyer (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

UT Southwestern School of Medicine


Aishwarya Iyer is a fourth-year medical student at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. She graduated with a Master of Public Health in Global Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in 2022. She is passionate about reproductive justice, public health, narrative medicine, research, and advocacy, and is excited to engage with these varied interests in her career as a family medicine physician. In her free time, Aishwarya finds joy in exploring new coffee shops, working out, reading novels and dreaming of writing one someday, and spending time with friends and family.




Thomas Browne, Jorge Luis Borges and Cultural Fluency

‘Write Rx’ is a narrative medicine column offering ‘prescriptions’ for narrative medicine exercises. Each column entry begins with an introduction to the theme of the entry, offers literary excerpts to expand on that theme and concludes with questions that invite students to explore a corresponding narrative medicine topic. The goal is to offer space for reflection for busy medical students, as well as foster medical students’ communication toolkit in the increasingly complex space of patient care. Topics include cultural fluency, illness cognitions and more.

Somya Kaul (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine


I am a fourth year medical student interested in family medicine. I am passionate about preventative health and culturally competent care!