The Meaning of Medicine, Part II

The beauty of medicine is that it is so expansive in meaning it cannot be captured by one single definition. As the age old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this post, we explore the meaning of medicine as defined and interpreted by two fourth-year medical students — Kristen Funk and Jimmy Nguyen.

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Aquib Jamil, Class of 2022

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May’s narratives are dedicated to highlighting the voices of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Aquib Jamil, a first-year medical student at KUMC.

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Nicole Balmaceda, Class of 2019

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May’s narratives are dedicated to highlighting the voices of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Nicole Balmaceda, a fourth-year medical student at KUMC.

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Eugene Wang, Class of 2020

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May’s narratives are dedicated to highlighting the voices of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Eugene Wang, a third-year medical student at KUMC.

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Jeanette Tho, Class of 2022

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May’s narratives are dedicated to highlighting the voices of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Jeanette Tho, a first-year medical student at KUMC.

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Adventures Abroad – The Travels of Nadia Nawabi

Nadia Nawabi, M1, Class of 2022

In the Summer of 2016, Nadia Nawabi travelled to Uganda as the president of Globemed at UMKC. She stayed in Uganda for 2 months and lived as a local would in a rural village. She mentioned that living as a local meant she only had the opportunity to bathe maybe once a week if she was lucky and she primarily ate foods similar to vegan faire during the entire duration of her trip. Nawabi spoke of the fundraising efforts of the Globemed organization at UMKC to raise funding for a clinic in rural Uganda. The organization sends a team to the clinic every summer to speak with the clinic staff and locals and to better ask what projects they need to allocate the funds towards. This allows the Globemed organization to build a better relationship with the community utilizing the clinic, as well as allowing the students to take the time to understand what the people there want and what they believe they need the most. UMKC Globemed also helps carry out projects with the locals, and Nawabi had the opportunity to implement a sanitation and sexual health project. The project began with Nawabi and her fellow classmates giving lectures on sanitation ans sexual health at local schools. She noted that the greatest memory she took from this trip was the smiles she saw there everyday.

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Transforming Texts: The Creation of New Art from Old Books

Lauren Zeller, M1, Class of 2022

“This was once a copy of The Wizard of Oz that I transformed into a dynamic multimedia piece of artwork. It contains countless drawings, prints, paintings, and even stitchwork on fabric. This altered art book took me a total of 5 years to complete. I began working on this project when I was a junior in high school, and I finished it as a junior in college. Inside this book I chose to catalog some of my thoughts, emotions, and passions at the time. I also dedicated several pages as tributes for family, for a friend that died young, and to document my growth as an individual. After completing this work, I had the opportunity to have it featured in an exhibition at the Topeka Public Library. Some people have expressed dissent and general disagreement at the thought of permanently defacing books, but I feel that books that have suffered damage or that have been forgotten can have new life breathed into them by transforming them into meaningful pieces of art.”

– Lauren Zeller, M1
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Rajvi Shah, Class of 2021

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, May’s narratives are dedicated to highlighting the voices of students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Each story is unique, intimate, and powerful. Readers, please come open-minded and ready to engage with the following stories. More importantly, be ready to interface with an intimate space and allow yourself to step inside someone else’s life. The following is the narrative of Ravji Shah, a second-year medical student at KUMC.

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