what is the Humanities track?
The humanities-in -medicine Track at UMMS-Baystate Internal Medicine Residency includes Medicine and Med-Peds residents and faculty. Track meetings are designed to expose residents to various humanities related activities, including but not limited to: narrative writing, poetry, analysis of an op-ed, fine arts evaluation, and other avenues that faculty developed all while enjoying afternoon tea, discussing finding joy in practice and connecting with their own humanity.
This is the first Humanities track Publication. Our journal's name-- The baystate Phoenix-- Encapsulates a year full of growth, change and rising from the ashes. What you will find in our Journal is a culmination of a year's worth of shared experiences, passion and love for humanism in the art medicine. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Group poem, Humanities Track, 8/21/19
That was when his heart sank heavier than any anchor of the sea.
Tailoring of the suit a scaffold to hide weakness and frailty
A cohesive factory with only one true purpose
His brain a broken clock unable to tick on
Brown curved beans are pulverized into chocolate colored grounds
Did I close the garage door
I wish I’d asked him if he was a Jehovahs witness
One last glance at what I’ve left behind
An ecchymosis over a left orbit brilliant in purple and yellow blossoming across the loose skin of his face like a wilting flower
His head too large for his skinny legs arched backward sharply unsupported by her negligible neck
Do you want me to trust you can protect yourself
He smiles at me and nods seemingly unaware of his cage and me his keeper
Our chaplain Ute Schmidt led the group through a Kintsugi exercise, an ancient technique from Japan in which broken pottery was transformed into new beauty by repairing and enhancing the breaks with gold. We did a modified exercise of breaking our painted mugs, then gluing them back together and painting the cracks with gold paint. We reflected on the fact that an object can be broken and yet made beautiful again, though in a different form. As we grow in life we will all acquire emotional, spiritual and physical wounds. With resilience and hope this exercise reminds us new realities and appearances can be healed and beautiful even with the scars that remain.
Finding the light through the darkness
Created with an image by Fusion Medical Animation - "New visualisation of the Covid-19 virus"