Off the Shelf

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

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.




Shakkaura Kemet Shakkaura Kemet (3 Posts)

Writer-in-Training

University if California San Francisco


Shakkaura Kemet, MPH, is a member of the Class of 2021 at University of California San Francisco. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Harvard University in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a minor in African American Studies in 2015. She then went on to complete a Master's of Public Health at Yale University where she focused on social determinants of health, with a particular focus on women's health. She is currently a second year medical student at UCSF School of Medicine where she is co-president of SNMA, teaches a course to first- and second-year medical students about integrating advocacy work into one's medical career, and helps to design and implement quality improvement projects with the OB/Gyn healthcare providers at San Francisco General Hospital targeted at closing health care disparities in maternal care. Her areas of interest for research and practice include women's health, maternal health, health disparities by race and socioeconomic status, and medical education.