Gregory Shumer is a third-year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology and Asian Studies, Gregory spent a year teaching English to middle-school students in rural Japan. He started writing essays, poems, and short stories in high school and now continues to enjoy writing as a medical student. He looks forward to his future career in primary care.
TDWI Writer’s Group member, Dr. Margaret Cary, developed and teaches the Narrative Medicine/Personal Essay course at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her students’ essays reflect their thoughts on being in medical school and becoming physicians. Names and details of patients have been changed to maintain confidentiality.