Poetry communicates complex experiences and meanings with an elegance and economy of expression.
A wonderful colleague and great medical educator, Dr. Deborah Simpson, encouraged me to explore the possibility of bringing poetry—poetry of a unique sort—to the pages of Academic Psychiatry. Here you see the beginning of this novel effort. We invited our colleagues to submit 55-word accounts describing a formative experience with distinct meaning for teaching or learning. Two of the initial submissions are published here. We hope you like them as much as we do, and we hope you will pen and submit others for consideration in Academic Psychiatry.
Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A.
Editor-in-Chief, Academic Psychiatry