PICU Rambling

Roses are red,

An Hour with Rafael Campo

2018-2019 Editor-in-Chief, Kajsa Vlasic, sits down with physician and current JAMA Poetry Editor, Dr. Rafael Campo, during his recent visit to the University of Utah.

Southern Charm

She reminded me of my mother – if my mother were a charming Southern Belle from Texas who believed that God dictated every move in her life.

Kajsa Vlasic
2019 Editor-in-Chief

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Pediatrics
Philadelphia, PA

University of Utah, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Kajsa Vlasic’s first venture into the world of medical humanities and narrative medicine was through her Honors English undergraduate thesis at the University of Utah, partially funded by the Tanner Humanities Center, in which she used storytelling and the history of women writers to give voice to a group of female breast cancer survivors. During medical school she served as an Associate Editor of Rubor from 2015 to 2018 and took on the role of Editor-in-Chief during her fourth year of medical school. During her time as Editor-in-Chief she led the collaborative re-design process of Rubor’s website with Lily Boettcher (MED ’20) and the Eccles Health Sciences Library in hopes of creating a longstanding online repository for the medical arts and humanities projects produced at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In addition, she was a member of the inaugural Parallel Charts course offered by Dr. Susan Sample and helped publish the University of Utah School of Medicine’s first Gold Humanism Honor Society 55-word story collection, Voices from the Wards. She is particularly interested in the use of narrative medicine as a form of resiliency in medical training.

Kajsa is a current Pediatrics resident in the vibrant community of North Philadelphia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She is incredibly passionate about supporting maternal-newborn care and pediatric emergency care services in low-resource areas of the United States, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current global health research efforts are in the remote Himalaya of Nepal and rural India and she dreams of one day returning more permanently to southern Africa, where she spent her earliest years. She misses her view of the Wasatch Front every day.