Welcome to Arbor Vitae, the RWJMS Literary Society’s literary and arts blog


Arbor Vitae aims to showcase the extraordinary height of talent and depth of introspection that exists right here in our community of students, residents, and faculty. With each new post we hope to provide you with a living archive of reflections on life, both inside and outside of the clinic.

As you explore the blog, you’ll notice the diversity of experience on display. Reading through the pieces, you might find yourself nodding along with the account of a wrenching patient encounter, or nodding along to the beat of a lighthearted poem about biochemistry. We would like to encourage commentary and engagement with these works, so please use the comments section for that (constructive) purpose!

We are indebted to our gifted submitters, and hope you’ll be interested in contributing too. Please see our guidelines for details. Anonymous submissions are also more than welcome.

Thank you for visiting Arbor Vitae. We hope you enjoy this creative “tree of life.”

The RWJMS Literary Society Executive Board