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IWhen I was in high school and college, one of my favorite activities was acting in student productions. Before deciding to go to medical school, I even toyed with the idea of becoming an actress, but I knew I didn't really have the talent to make it professionally. Living in New York, I love being able to see so much great theater and to indulge another one of my interests, the opera.

Sometimes I don't even have to go to Broadway or Lincoln Center to watch or listen to world-class performances. Our students at Weill Cornell are remarkably talented, and some come to us with a longstanding passion for music. Each year at Commencement, a group from our Music and Medicine Initiative has an amazing opportunity that most musicians only dream of--to perform live at Carnegie Hall. This May, eight students, consisting of a string quartet and a vocal quartet, performed a lovely original piece called "Iuro Per Quod." Throughout the year, Music and Medicine participants also share their artistic gifts with patients and their families, and they perform benefit concerts for some of our programs, such as GHESKIO and the Weill Cornell Community Clinic. Faculty from the Juilliard School serve as coaches and mentors to our students, providing them with what is truly a unique experience in medical school.

New York's performing artists are among the best in the world, and sometimes they suffer conditions specific to their professions or hobbies. The Center for the Performing Artist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell offers a range of services targeted towards the needs of dancers, singers, actors, and musicians. Injuries, voice disorders, lung conditions, and movement disorders are some of the conditions that can commonly affect this population.

Although I ended up not becoming an actor, perhaps the gap between medicine and the performing arts is not as big as it might at first seem. Both contain elements of healing, creativity, and artistry, and at their core, both seek to understand human experience in all its variety.

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