‘Poems for doctors’ is delighted to invite students and staff at any of the Scottish Medical Schools to submit video readings of their poems to our first online competition.
We want to hear your poems about your experiences – happy, sad, tragic or hilarious – of human healthcare, medical research, or medical education. Experiences as a patient or a relative, or as a medical professional, or as a medical student. You don’t have to be a doctor to enter, as long as you are a student (or former student) or member of staff at one of the Scottish medical schools. Submit by filming or recording your reading, posting it on YouTube, Video, or Soundcloud, and completing an entry form with the web address and your details.
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‘Poems for doctors‘ is a project which vlogs short seasons of readings of poems by medical professionals or students, from an anthology gifted to graduating doctors in Scotland. It is a collaboration between Scottish Poetry Library and the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.
Poems for Doctors was present at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference in Glasgow at the beginning of October in the form of a very eye catching poster, which attracted a lot of attention and positive feedback. The role of medical humanities in healthcare was a theme which surfaced frequently during the conference, students and junior doctors from all round the country were keen to see humanities as an integral part of medical education. This theme is going to feature at several imminent trainers’ meetings, including one entitled “Finding meaning in medicine”.
Many of those viewing the poster had seen or heard of “Tools of the Trade” and it seems that the third edition is eagerly awaited! Our idea of an Online Poetry Slam – news coming here very soon now – received a lot of approval and several offers to help spread the word.
Earlier this year Instagram began to offer video a channel called IGTV which supported longer videos. Although our readings are quite short, they are typically just a little longer than Instagram’s old video limit of 60 seconds. Videos on the new channel can be much longer – but there are a couple of wee catches – first the format for Instagram videos is vertical/portrait, like many videos shot on phones, and of course all of our existing material is shot in a horizontal/landscape format. Secondly, although it’s free, IGTV is a separate app for iOS or Android, not incorporated into the Instagram app. Still – worth an experiment, so…
…nothing daunted, I had a look at our growing collection of readings, and decided that A brief format to be used when consulting with patients by Glenn Colquhoun read by Chris Lowe offered an interesting opportunity to play with the vertical format of our new Instagram TV channel.
You can now see the results on Instagram – to paraphrase the Outer Limits “Do not attempt to adjust the picture … We control the horizontal and the vertical …” Please visit, follow us on Instagram, and tell your friends!
Coming soon from Poems for Doctors news of an exciting new poetry competition for staff and students at all Scottish Medical Schools – watch this space!
Poems for doctors is showing a poster at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference in Glasgow on 4-6 October 2018.
In case you can’t make it to the SEC Centre in Glasgow you can see the poster here. The eagle-eyed amongst you might spot an announcement about a new competition that we are planning (you’ll find out more about that here soon!)
Also, we’ve compiled a sample collection of three readings just for conference visitors to our poster. This includes The Guest House by Rumi read by Dr Imogen Murray which will be included in our next season of online readings.
We’re going to be working away on preparing Season 3 of ‘Poems for Doctors’ soon, and we also hope to have exciting news about something a little different happpening shortly.
In the meantime, it has been graduation season, so here is a collection of photos showing the idea that started our project in the first place – graduates receiving copies of ‘Tools of the Trade: Poems for Doctors’. These 2018 graduates are receiving copies of the anthology at the School of Medicine in St Andrews as they complete their degree course here.