Quiet Sunday

September 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been in love with Mary Oliver’s poetry for a while now. Even the banner up top features a word cloud from her poem – Wild Geese. Last year, my friend A wrote it out for me in beautiful cursive as a birthday gift, and I framed it and put it on my bookshelf.

Here’s another that I’ve been thinking about for a while, from the same collection.

I Worried

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not, how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

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3 Medscape essays

September 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

that I can only link you to!

1. Called “Melding Medicine and Art”

Last August, when reading an article about how to be a faster writer in Slate, I was referred to the example of another Slate writer, Christopher Hitchens, who after a chemo session and a dinner party, returned home late on a Sunday night to compose a Slate column in twenty minutes.

Read more here.

2. Called “Up in the Air”

To help me celebrate the end of my first year of medical school, my mother bought me a couple flight lessons at an aviation center not far from our home in southern California. It was an incredibly thoughtful gift, stemming as it did from her memories of our family trip to Lake Tahoe for July 4th last year, where my sister and I got to go parasailing for the first time ever. We LOVED it. I told my mum, sans exaggeration, that I had over three epiphanies during my ten minutes in the sky. It was true! Floating at 1200 feet, weightless, on a sunlit lake… that’s the sort of thing that can’t help but bring you perspective and peace.

Read more here.

3. Called “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

I was a health management intern at the Mass General Hospital this summer via an opportunity provided through the joint auspices of Harvard’s Medical and Business Schools, and the experience was simply tremendous. I was able to shadow health executives a few times a week, including sitting in on board meetings with Peter Slavin, President of MGH, and also work on a small project at the Center for Connected Health that aimed to evaluate the impact of a Telemed program. The internship was interesting and informative, and allowed me enough time and flexibility to pursue projects of my own before the start of second year.

Read more here.

I post at Medscape now

September 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

also. That’s the keyword. When I post on Medscape’s The Differential, I’ll be sure to link back here so interested folk can check those short essays out, but the tone of the two blogs could not be more different. This blog is not as medical-student-life oriented as it is Samyukta Mullangi-oriented and all the chatter that goes on in my mind about medicine, science, irony, literature, art, and various amusing anecdotes, so LONG STORY SHORT – I will continue to post here as well.

(Yes I haven’t done a good job at that this month. Okay okay.)

hurrah!

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