This April marked the 10-year anniversary of the founding of in-Training, and we invited all members of the in-Training family to contribute articles and other artistic works to celebrate our first decade as the premier online peer-reviewed publication by and for the medical student community.
Dr. Kevin Dueck, MD is an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and practices rural family medicine and addiction medicine, and he contributes this video presentation as a former in-Training writer.
This fall, it will be 10 years since I started medical school. At the start of that journey, I had just completed a masters in medical microbiology and was entirely research focused. Over my medical school training through encounters with peers, patients, and personal interactions with the health care system, I began to write and create, reading other’s work in the health humanities space and exploring different ways of expression, including graphic medicine.
in-Training was one of the few venues that published reflections with a focus on advocacy and giving a voice to those early in their medical journey. I was fortunate to have my work published on in-Training and found their editors and community incredibly supportive.
In this presentation, I discuss some of my journey over the last 10 years and how I have use the humanities to process difficult events, give perspective, and share my use of improv principles to use creativity and stay present in clinical encounters.