Human Ties returns with special issue

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
February 24, 2020

Launched in Fall 2018, Human Ties Digest has released a special issue in honor of the McGovern Center’s 15th Anniversary. With a painting on the cover by fourth-year humanities student Maneera Chopra, artistic works by Samantha Hentosh (MS2), Niki Khandheria (MS3), Resa Magill (MS1), Kiran Makhnejia (DDS2) are also featured, alongside photography by Emma Villamaria (MS1). Other creative works include a song for piano composed by resident Mindy Wang, MD, and recipes from The Shared Table: An Anatomy of Our Cultures, a cookbook developed by McGovern Medical School graduates, Sheena John, MD, Miranda Taing, MD, and Zoya Mohammad, MD.

Alongside artistic creations, reflections and writings feature prominently in the latest issue of Human Ties. Medical humanities graduates Gabe Sandoval, MD, Erin Harvey, MD, and Jai Gandhi, MD, reflected on the personal effects of the program. First-year medical student Fatema Shipchandler shared a piece entitled, “The Blessing and Burden of Death,” and Milton Chip Routt, MD, Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, authored this issue’s “White Coat Reflections” column, sharing what inspired him to become a physician. Also included is the latest episode of the podcast-like series Life and Work. Created by Nathan Carlin, PhD, his conversation with Vanderbilt University’s Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, about the blurring between his personal and professional lives is shared.

With thoughtful content curated by Department of Pediatrics and McGovern Center faculty member Anson Koshy, MD, MBE, and co-editors and third-year medical students Maggie O’Brien and Munir Buhaya, the range of creativity displayed highlights the importance of the humanities and speaks to the legacy of the McGovern Center.  We hope you enjoy this special edition.