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  • Writer's pictureAndrea L Merrill

Yashjot Kaur: Artist

I am Yashjot Kaur, a final year medical student from India. I am an aspiring Surgeon and a prospective match applicant.During my first year in medical school, my fascination with anatomy grew exponentially. I always had an inclination towards art and drawing, and I found immense joy in sketching dissection images. As I immersed myself in the demanding world of medical studies, I stumbled upon the therapeutic practice of mandala art, renowned for its relaxation and meditative qualities.

Derived from the Sanskrit word for "circle," a mandala represents wholeness, unity, and harmony. Mandalas are intricate geometric designs characterized by concentric circles and intricate patterns radiating from a central point. Mandala art is known for its therapeutic benefits, promoting relaxation, mindfulness, and a sense of inner peace. Through the process of creating and coloring mandalas, individuals can tap into their creativity and connect with their inner selves. The symmetrical nature of mandalas symbolizes balance and symmetry in the universe, offering a visual representation of the interconnectedness of all things.

Whenever I felt exhausted, I would reach for a blank sheet of paper and allow my hand to instinctively trace the intricate patterns of a mandala, capturing my emotions in that precise moment. With time and dedicated practice, my artistic abilities flourished. The precision, attention to detail, and spatial awareness cultivated through my art practice have become invaluable assets that will aid me in navigating the intricate procedures and delicate maneuvers required in the operating room. My journey in merging art and medicine has not only enriched my studies but has also equipped me with a unique perspective and ability to perceive and communicate complex anatomical structures. I am confident that my passion for art will continue to serve as a source of inspiration and innovation throughout my surgical career. You can find more of my work at my Instagram profile.

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