Anatomically Correct

Anatomically Correct

By James Vargo, M.D., PGY6

I’ve never really considered myself to be an artist.  I grew up enjoying pencil sketching and took some high school classes, but compared to the talent of the true creative and artistic minds around me, expression of my right brain felt forced.  This hobby, like many, was pushed to the side by the ever expanding time commitment to medical school and residency.

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On Pins and Needles

On Pins and Needles

By Lauren Zeller, M2, Class of 2022

[Featured below] are two “starter” embroidery pieces I found patterns for, and I decided to try my hand at embroidery as an outlet for some stress and anxiety during my second year. I learned to sew from both of my grandmothers and how to cross stitch from my mom at a very young age, and in college I did some free-hand embroidery on a jean jacket I wore all of the time. I got tons of compliments on the anatomical heart and eye that I did on my jacket, and found that embroidery was similar to basic sewing, but with so much more of an artistic flair. It is basically painting, but instead of using paint, you create the color and texture using embroidery floss (fancy thread). Embroidery can be very difficult, but the finished pieces are so beautiful and satisfying that it more than makes up for the time I spent on them and the number of times I stabbed myself with needles! 

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A “Virtual” Trip to the Movies

A “Virtual” Trip to the Movies

 Hosain Ghassemi, M1, Class of 2023

There is something special about seeing a movie in theaters. In the wake of the current crisis, not being able to has probably been one of the simplest pleasures that I’ve come to miss the most. Before the social distancing measures, each Friday was an opportunity to go out and see a movie. On B weeks especially, this weekly tradition offered a chance to celebrate or escape the two weeks before.

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 Hosain Ghassemi, M1, Class of 2023

There is something special about seeing a movie in theaters. In the wake of the current crisis, not being able to has probably been one of the simplest pleasures that I’ve come to miss the most. Before the social distancing measures, each Friday was an opportunity to go out and see a movie. On B weeks especially, this weekly tradition offered a chance to celebrate or escape the two weeks before.

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A Craving for Carving

A Craving for Carving

By Tiffany Killblane, M1, Class of 2023 .

Woodcarving was actually something I started to decompress from the stresses of my previous work (college professor) and the “hurry up and wait” of the application process of applying to medical school. I still use it that way – when I need a break from studying, need to think, or just want to sit outside for a bit I’ll go grab my tools and whittle away. I think its important to have a hobby like this – it isn’t demanding by any means, and I can devote a few minutes to a few hours any given day to it. Its easy to pick up and easy to put back down, so it fits in with the demands of a medical student’s life pretty well.

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A Glimpse of Guatemala

A Glimpse of Guatemala

Nature’s Window. Lake Atitlan and San Pedro, framed by foliage, as seen from halfway up Volcan San Pedro.

By Alyssa Belford, M1, 2023

Spring break for Alyssa Belford came with an opportunity to explore another part of the world. Experience some of the sights from this year’s cohort of students who traveled abroad to Guatemala. From the picturesque views, to candid moments of daily life, Alyssa’s photos help bring us all to this place between the waters.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

 Hannah Billings, M1, Class of 2023

My name is Hannah Billings, I am a first-year medical student who runs a local cake pop business, Cake on a Stick LLC.

From hobby to business . . . Cake on a Stick began as a creative outlet, paired with a passion for baking. After trial and (many) errors, techniques were perfected, and delicious masterpieces were made. While the process of baking is enjoyable, the real fun was in sharing with family and friends. And thanks to the encouragement and supportiveness of the early taste-testers, Cake on a Stick was born and it’s poppin’!

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A Musical Arrangement

A Musical Arrangement

Alexis Yakes, M1, Class of 2023

“Alexis Yakes is from Denver, Colorado.  She was a concert pianist as a child, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, as an undergraduate majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production.  She then attended New York University in New York City, New York, in order to obtain prerequisites necessary for Medical School through the Post-Baccalaureate program.  She has worked multiple career trajectories including personal training/fitness instructing, assistant producing/radio programming, and bartending.  She is currently a Doctorate of Medicine candidate class of 2023 at the University of Kansas.  When not studying, she can be found hanging out with her two dogs, Gibson and Bunny, the loves of her life.”

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