Picture of Alisha SharmaAlisha Sharma is an incoming PGY-1 in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto.

For three hours once a week, we learn to be human –

To treat the person before the disease

And to speak up for our peers in need.


This week, we learn about depression.

They say the numbers only continue to rise 

And we should always listen to a colleague’s cries


For help.


But then we move on,

The matter resolved.

After all of three hours,

The problem is solved.


So then why, every year, do the losses compound?

Too many gone with barely a sound.


Because there is nothing to listen to if we are too scared to speak

And there is far more to learn than they taught us this week.