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How I merge creativity with medicine 
Creativity, M.D. 
by Melissa Yuan-Innes, M.D.
• Study Mnemonics 
When I had to memorize the periodic table, 
I’d chant “H-He-Li-Be, B, CNOF-Ne, NaMg, Al 
SiPS ClArK. Ca!”
• Ask patients’ stories 
A patient read my palm in 
medical school and told 
me I’d write an important 
book. Years later, I wrote 
that scene into my novel, 
Terminally Ill.
• Locums 
Lots of people do locums when they start out: a fun way to doctor people and go strange places.
• Working Random Shifts 
Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible. 
Ben Casnocha 
Image by Stuart Miles on FreeDigitalPhotos.net
• Working with Dr. Who 
(I mean, working with anyone I’m scheduled with) 
My work reflects a relationship to the built world that shifts 
between control and randomness, strangeness and beauty, 
comfort and fear. -David Allee 
•http://www.deviantart.com/art/Portrait-Of-The-Plague-Doctor-381309120
• Community Hospitals 
My friends thought I was nuts, but now some cool doctors are coming to join me.
• Pulling a Patch Adams 
•I wore a costume to 
the ER on 
Hallowe’en.
•Joining tertiary pediatric & 
French hospitals 
Now I have privileges at four 
hospitals in three towns. I’m 
officially insane.
• Integrative medicine 
I teach yoga and, 
although I don’t 
talk about it, I’m 
certified in Reiki.
•Online courses & coaching 
In the future, 
I’d like to 
teach and 
coach 
online.

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Creativity, M.D.: How I merge creativity and medicine

  • 1. How I merge creativity with medicine Creativity, M.D. by Melissa Yuan-Innes, M.D.
  • 2. • Study Mnemonics When I had to memorize the periodic table, I’d chant “H-He-Li-Be, B, CNOF-Ne, NaMg, Al SiPS ClArK. Ca!”
  • 3. • Ask patients’ stories A patient read my palm in medical school and told me I’d write an important book. Years later, I wrote that scene into my novel, Terminally Ill.
  • 4. • Locums Lots of people do locums when they start out: a fun way to doctor people and go strange places.
  • 5. • Working Random Shifts Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible. Ben Casnocha Image by Stuart Miles on FreeDigitalPhotos.net
  • 6. • Working with Dr. Who (I mean, working with anyone I’m scheduled with) My work reflects a relationship to the built world that shifts between control and randomness, strangeness and beauty, comfort and fear. -David Allee •http://www.deviantart.com/art/Portrait-Of-The-Plague-Doctor-381309120
  • 7. • Community Hospitals My friends thought I was nuts, but now some cool doctors are coming to join me.
  • 8. • Pulling a Patch Adams •I wore a costume to the ER on Hallowe’en.
  • 9. •Joining tertiary pediatric & French hospitals Now I have privileges at four hospitals in three towns. I’m officially insane.
  • 10. • Integrative medicine I teach yoga and, although I don’t talk about it, I’m certified in Reiki.
  • 11. •Online courses & coaching In the future, I’d like to teach and coach online.