Editor's Note


Welcome to the inaugural issue of SGU Gold, our Narrative Medicine journal. I anticipate learning quite a bit on this journey and I hope you do, too. I feel honored to have this opportunity to take it with you.

As with traditional short stories and poetry, most of these selections have something unfinished about them. They aren't intended to provide full closure to the events which occur and the feelings expressed. They are snapshots of experience, fleeting glimpses of moments captured in time. Each story is part of a much larger picture of a career and a life. Many of them are very confessional, even intimate in nature and I commend our contributors for having the courage to share them with the world.

In closing, I'd like to take a moment to thank the following individuals:


  • Dr. Stephen Weitzman, Dean of the School of Medicine for his confidence in entrusting me with this project.
  • Cheryl Cox Macpherson, faculty advisor of SGU's chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, for her assistance and support of this project.
  • My editorial team, Amar Kelkar, Soor Kothari, Jonathan Polak, and Laxman Pradhan for their gracious donation of time and effort in helping me make this journal the best it can be.
  • Nancy Gross, Fred Nenner, Phyllis DeJesse, and all of the other moderators and organizers of the medical humanities and/or narrative medicine courses being conducted at Overlook Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, and St. Barnabas Medical Center for their enthusiasm and support of this project.

Onward and upward my friends…

Steven B. Orkin
Editor, SGU Gold