Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Together, We Are an Ocean

Janet Cai
New Brunswick, NJ

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
– Ryunosuke Satoro

Together, the individual cells, lamellae, and glands featured in these paintings contribute to a complete functioning body. There is a kind of beauty about the individuality and unity simultaneously exhibited; as physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare personnel, we are individuals ultimately working towards a common goal. We must also remain cognizant of other perspectives; sometimes, learning to see a situation in a different light can help us provide the best individualized care for each patient and family.

Together, We Are an Ocean by Janet Cai. Acrylic and luminescent paint on canvas.

JANET CAI, MD, is a resident in internal medicine at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her undergraduate studies and medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, a city with thriving art, theater, and music scenes which fueled her passion in these areas. She is also interested in the medical humanities, quality improvement, and social determinants of health. She is currently studying the effects of socioeconomic status on cardiac ventricular assist device outcomes and plans to pursue a cardiology fellowship in the future.

Spring 2020



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