So many of the patients that we see during the course of our training have a unique and profound effect on who we become as doctors. They teach us lessons that we could never have learned in a classroom. But there is never enough time during this process to reflect on these experiences. I created five crochet hats that each symbolize one of these experiences as a memorial to the patients. I used the time making the hats to finally slow down and reflect on the lessons that I learned from each patient. I plan to give these hats to my future patients as gifts, to symbolize that I will use all the lessons I’ve learned from my previous patients to make myself a better doctor and that those lessons will benefit my future patients.
— Margaret Mary Schmit, University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago, Class of 2022