Leslie Jamison said in her monumental work, The Empathy Exams, that there is this grand fiction of tourism, that bringing our bodies somewhere draws that place closer to us, or we to it. It’s a quick fix of empathy, she said.

This rings true for me, for as a student at Harvard Medical School but with a college degree in creative writing, I frequently find myself hoping that the inebriation of presence can dissolve the fact of difference (in her words). I started this blog during my first year with the hope of navigating this tension between my big loves. You’ll find anecdotes that reference everything from Salman Rushdie to the brachial plexus, hopefully tied together with a bit of humor, wisdom, and a lot of heart.

§ 9 Responses to About

  • Samyukta says:

    Hi Suchaeta – yes I did make that website in high school. I’m glad that you’ve found it useful for your research, and of course you have my permission to use it.

  • Suchaeta says:

    Hi! I am writing an article that might go in the Times of India! I am researching India and I found this website, which I think you made. I would like to have your permission to mention that it was your research that helped me start my article. Please reply if you have time, I understand if you don’t.
    Did you make this website?

  • Omar Baig says:

    Dear Samyukta,

    The team at Premed Network has recently come across your blog.

    I’m the President of Premed Network, a nationwide network of premed students.


    The vision of Premed Network is to create a platform for the next generation of physicians.

    We are reaching out to select medical student bloggers to share their posts in our community.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Omar Baig
    President, Premed Network
    16180 Alum Rock Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95127
    (408) 802-5267

  • Kay says:

    Hi Sam,

    I am a huge fan of your blog (read all your posts!). I have a few questions about Harvard Med School since I am an applicant for this cycle. Do you think you could send me an e-mail?


  • Hayley says:

    Hey Samyukta!

    Your blog is amazing! I also came across your contributions to Medscape and I think it’s great – you have a really nice writing style. I have a few questions for you; would you mind shooting me an email in response to this?


  • F.B. King says:

    I’ve just read your article in Pulse and was terribly moved. Your start into medicine, and the connections you make between the intellectual and the physical cannot help but continue to be tumultuous. Your sensitivity to them is a joy to behold. Were all physicians so tuned in …. alas. I am a journalist, writing personal histories for individuals and families … it is a bottomless pit of learning. I will follow you with much interest.

    F.B. King

  • I felt touched by your willingness to be vulnerable out loud.

  • Matthew C Canver says:

    Sam, this is good stuff

  • Eric Lu says:

    Love the new layout. Much cleaner!

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