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Gynecologic Oncology Surgeons: Normal-Sized Giants 

Surgical cap awry,   
I follow in a single file line. 
It’s nearly 9 PM.
I wonder:  
How do these giants still walk with urgency, 
How do they still smile at worried families 
with crinkles at the corner of their eyes?   
I think   
About deft fingers and strong arms,   
As they stand for hours long   
To care for women’s bodies with pain prolonged   
Exhausted, I fade.  
The blue hue of their scrubs 
And the white of their coats 
become a new shade.  
A shade of power and beauty.   
A new blue that sustains on or off-duty.   
The lines blur and seemingly expand,  
How was I present near people so grand?  
Suddenly, I realize  
That the giants in front of me   
Are not a fantasy.   
They are normal-sized people,   
Giant in all they do 
And speak and serve   
From all that I observe   
So how do I stand 
On the shoulders of these giants?

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Jessica Weng Jessica Weng (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Jessica is a third year MD/PhD student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, MN class of 2028 (hopefully). In 2020, she graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and cell biology with a minor in medical humanities. She enjoys trying new recipes, working out with friends, and exploring the city one restaurant at a time in her free time. After graduating, Jessica would like to pursue a career as a physician-scientist at an academic center.