Arts in Medicine: April 2017

April is National Poetry Month, so we dedicate our April 2017 theme issue of in-House to the arts. Simply, we seek resident- or fellow-produced art in any medium, including but not limited to traditional media, music, photography, poetry, prose, film, dance, or any other form of artistic expression.

The Masters of Patchwork
Jared Klein, MD, MPH, pediatrics resident at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University

To Preside
Dominic Decker, MD, MS, internal medicine resident at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Cameron Gettel, MD, emergency medicine resident at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jake Prigoff, MD, general surgery resident at Columbia-New York Presbyterian Hospital

Caroline Hsu, MD, internal medicine resident at University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital

Thy Sweet Practiser
Carlos Armando Rubio-Reyes, MD, BScPhm, family medicine resident at University of Missouri School of Medicine

Parting Soon
Ellen Ingolfsland, MD, neonatology fellow at University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Screening: A Haiku
Eric Nellis, MD, gastroenterology fellow at Lehigh Valley Health Network

Klimt, Modernism, and Art’s Relationship with Medicine
Polina Advolodkina, MD, obstetrics and gynecology resident at Emory University School of Medicine

The Old Man in Bed 3
Dustin Holland, MD, MPH, emergency medicine resident at Indiana University School of Medicine

Pull the Thread: A Perspective from Hematology-Oncology Attending and Writer
Ken Bishop, MD, PhD, hematology/oncology attending physician at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Writing Contest Winner: in-House Readers’ Choice Award

Eric Nellis, MD

Eric was born in Summit, NJ where he grew up until attending Georgetown University where he graduated with a BS in biochemistry in 2009. He completed medical school at Georgetown University in 2013 and finished internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital in 2016. He is beginning his second year of gastroenterology fellowship at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. His specialty interests include liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to writing he also enjoys running, working out, reading and watching the New York Mets.

Why are the arts in medicine important to me?

The arts in medicine are an important contributor to physician wellness. In a career in which people put their lives in your hands on a daily basis it is extremely important to have an opportunity to step away and reflect. In addition, it allows one to stay well rounded and think about life outside of the hospital.

Why do I write?

My passion for writing, and in particular poetry, began in high school. Once a year we were afforded a day in which students were able miss class to attend an all-day poetry workshop. It was in these workshops that I began to find a creative outlet that was not present with my everyday routine. I continued to write through college, medical school and my residency training.