September 2017, VOLUME7 /ISSUE 9

Project Haiku

  1. Casey Gradick, MD, MPHa,b,
  2. Jonathan Hedges, MDb,
  3. Peter Yanke, MDb and
  4. Laura Nell Hodo, MDc
  1. aInternal Medicine Residency Program,
  2. bPediatric Residency Program, and
  3. cDivision of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  1. Address correspondence to Laura Nell Hodo, MD, Division of Inpatient Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 Mario Capecchi Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84113. E-mail: laura.hodo{at}hsc.utah.edu

Project Haiku

The Osborn Team is the team in our hospital that houses older children with medically complex conditions; most are adolescents and many are behavioral health patients awaiting medical clearance or bed availability. It can be emotionally and physically draining work. For 1 week in May 2016, Osborn team members were challenged to write a haiku every day that had some relationship to a patient, the patient experience, the family experience, or the physician and/or resident experience. Here are the best of those we developed together. Each haiku is intended to stand alone; they are not meant to be stanzas in a single poem.

Shaking and twitching

Doctors, imaging, blood work

Fearing the unknown



theVoicesthePain I scream



My life is not mine.

Status epilepticus

Ride along – it drives


Compartment syndrome

Needs stat fasciotomy!

Pressure relieved, ahhhh


Atrophy. Delay.

Degenerative disease

Diagnosis – Hope?


The feedback sandwich

It’s a love/hate kind of thing

I prefer turkey


  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.

  • FUNDING: No external funding.

  • POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The authors have indicated they have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

  • Drs Gradick, Hedges, and Yanke drafted the initial haikus, edited the haikus, and revised the manuscript; Dr Hodo drafted the initial haikus, conceptualized the project, formatted the haikus, and revised the manuscript; and all authors approved the final manuscript as submitted.