"In the field of medicine, it seems that time is always in short supply. However, I continue to make time for music in the here and now, with the view that I will only become even busier in the future. Music provides me with the catharsis and rejuvenation I need when I begin to feel the weight of weeks of hard work and lost sleep. Only when I have replenished my own spirit and energy do I find that I have more to give. Music is my medicine."
"Cinque Terre combined art, culture, and nature, all at once, which we loved. We love discovering the world together. As future physicians, it helps to always be looking to experience the world from others' perspectives."
"I love art because there is no “right" or "wrong”; no rules, no expectations. It's a medium of expression beyond the confinement of what words can express. It needs no meticulous planning; art simply becomes.
It creates an identity for itself… Sometimes, it can even teach you a bit about your own."
"Science teaches us that pathologies can be predicted from unique characteristics. As physicians, we use science to detect, decode and treat these illnesses. But where science fails is in its inability to see patients as more than the sum of their individual variables. All doctors use the humanities in order to understand patients’ stories. The best, however, go further in their exploration of the patients’ narrative in order to allow them to become more than their disease.
But, like any good artist, much of this labour is either hidden or unseen. I hope that this blog can be an avenue where the importance of the humanities in medicine - even those acts and thoughts which might be mundane or commonplace - are recognized and celebrated."
"One of the key things the History of Medicine brings to the forefront is humility. To look at the past, compare it to the gold standard today, and then to ask yourself 'what is my gold standard therapy going to look like in the future?' History should be more than comic relief in the medical school curriculum."
Dr. Susan Lamb is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s new Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME). In collaboration with other members of DIME’s Medicine and Humanities Unit, Professor Lamb is involved in developing humanities-based learning strategies in Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) curriculum, coordinating teaching in History of Medicine, and supervising undergraduate and graduate research in History of Medicine. She is the author of Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014.
"Photography is my medium of expression and growth. Just like there is no one word to describe a person’s state of mind or feelings, there is no one story that can be extracted from my work. I leave it up to the eye of the beholder, allowing each person who comes across the photos to develop their own story, show me what they see in front of their eyes. Photography is a timeless medium that keeps my imagination fresh and reminds me that there are always multiple perspectives to every story."
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, this section will contain mainly photography of individuals from the University of Ottawa and a corresponding narrative that gives us a glimpse into their lives.
Basé sur Humans of New York créé par Brandon Stanton, cette section contient une photo d’une personne avec une narration correspondante qui donne un aperçu de leur vie ou d’un moment de leur vie.