The Healing Power of Poetry

How can writing poetry help clinicians process their emotions and explore their personalities outside of medicine?

“With poetry, I can write about what I’m feeling and what I see almost from a distance, and then it helps me get a little bit closer to those emotions that I’m trying to feel and gets them off my chest.” In this installment of More Than Medicine, medical student Madeleine Mendelow discusses how poetry can be a powerful tool for processing our emotions as clinicians and exploring our personalities outside of medicine.

Mx Mendelow is a third-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. She received her bachelor of arts degree in romance languages and literatures and international studies from the University of Michigan and practiced as a licensed aesthetician before medical school. She hopes to pursue ob-gyn and incorporate her love of psychiatry into her practice.