Residential College, having returned to school after raising her
children. The same year her mother graduated, Zeynep began
at Douglass, and her sister just graduated from Douglass.
poem in third grade, in a journal a teacher gave her. "I remem-
ber looking at clouds and wanting to write about them, and my
third-grade teacher was very encouraging," she says.
Zeynep filled journal after journal, even while she was a double
major in English and chemistry. Her decision to concentrate on
medicine was because she wanted "to be a part of change in com-
munity well-being on a tangible level." Still, when it was time for
medical school, it wasn't a given that Zeynep would remain at
Rutgers. She applied all over the East Coast.
about their community, and there were projects being done here
that were involved with the community on a very deep level."
lication, Arbor Vitae, "tree of life" in Latin (as well as a struc-
ture within the cerebellum). They wanted a publication "that
reflected the voices of students and faculty on the subjects of
medicine. We just wanted our community to have a place to
express themselves," she says.
how writing translates into medicine, the way I conceptualized
it is being more careful about how I speak. It is a verbal transfer.
Your patients come and tell you their stories and everything
they have experienced up to that point in life. You, as a clini-
cian, have to interpret what they told you in a way that remains
true to your patients and communicate to them with informa-
tion that is digestible and mindful."
"The concept of the specialty was pluripotent, a complicated
way of saying you could be dropped in the middle of anywhere
and fulfill the basic health needs of the community," she says.