Claire Unis MD MFA is a pediatrician and author of a memoir about drawing on diverse experiences in the process of becoming a doctor, titled Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey through Medical School. She facilitates writing workshops, narrative medicine sessions, and discussions of literature for her medical group in northern California. Her writing has appeared in Intima, East Iowa Review, Awakenings Review, and The Examined Life. Find her at www.claireunis.net, or on social media, @literaryartinmedicine.

Poetry Interview with Melissa McKinstry by Jane Newkirk

Melissa McKinstry holds an MFA in poetry from Pacific University. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and Orison’s Best Spiritual Literature, and appear in Rattle, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rust & Moth, December, Tahoma Literary Review, SWWIM, Nimrod International, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Find her at her website: https://www.melissamckinstry.com/ Jane Newkirk is the poetry editor at Medmic. Her poems have appeared in Empty House Press, The Shore, Naugatuck River Review, The Night Heron Barks, Intima, and others. In 2019, her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Padel Tennis

Come to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to play some padel tennis at Padel Haus https://padel.haus. It’s highly addictive and super fun. The facility is brand new and beautiful. They even have a super user friendly app, that helps you jump in as a single player and join double match play! We’ve got a healthcare doubles tournament in the works down the road. If you’re interested in being added to the healthcare matchplay list send an email to sports@medmic.com

Surviving multiple cancers: a tale of blessings and exceptional doctors

Kim Downey PT is a seasoned healthcare professional and three time cancer survivor, She has experienced firsthand the challenges facing clinicians, including loss of autonomy, frustrations with the EMR, burnout, and moral injury. Her goal is to assist healthcare systems in creating and maintaining institutional initiatives and policy changes that promote a pervasive culture of caring and physician well-being.

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