About

Our Team

The Department of Humanities in Medicine is pleased to present The Synapse, a student-edited newsletter containing poetry, art, literature, and photography. The Synapse is a creative outlet open to submissions from the Texas A&M College of Medicine community. Its mission is to serve as a forum where students can creatively blend the scientific and humanistic aspects of medicine.

Please contact us at COM-synapse@tamhsc.edu to comment, question, or learn more!

 

Meet Us

Puja Panwar - Chairman of the Board One of my biggest bucket-list endeavors is to become conversationally fluent in 8 languages and to have someone close in my life to speak each one with. I’m particularly enamored with Russian history, so in whatever spare time we have, I like trying to learn Russian with podcasts and movies, along with German, Spanish and Hindi. In just our medical class alone, we have poets, an author, musicians, patented innovators, 2 abstract artists, a rapper, a playwright, a piano piece composer, a freelance journalist, photographers, and probably so many more with creative outlets we haven’t seen yet. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this Board to encourage and hear our diverse classmates’ perspectives.

Puja Panwar - Chairman of the Board

One of my biggest bucket-list endeavors is to become conversationally fluent in 8 languages and to have someone close in my life to speak each one with. I’m particularly enamored with Russian history, so in whatever spare time we have, I like trying to learn Russian with podcasts and movies, along with German, Spanish and Hindi. In just our medical class alone, we have poets, an author, musicians, patented innovators, 2 abstract artists, a rapper, a playwright, a piano piece composer, a freelance journalist, photographers, and probably so many more with creative outlets we haven’t seen yet. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this Board to encourage and hear our diverse classmates’ perspectives.

Hailey Driscoll - Acquisition Editor I love reading stories and books, especially fantasy ones! From epic tales of dragon slaying to contemplative introspective works, I like hearing all different views and perspectives.  I’m especially interested in the humanism and how we maintain the "human touch" in medicine. I can’t wait to read the submissions for The Synapse and learn more about my classmates and the future medical professions!  In my free time I like to draw, read fantasy books, play board games, play video games and sleep; lots of sleep.

Hailey Driscoll - Acquisition Editor

I love reading stories and books, especially fantasy ones! From epic tales of dragon slaying to contemplative introspective works, I like hearing all different views and perspectives.  I’m especially interested in the humanism and how we maintain the "human touch" in medicine. I can’t wait to read the submissions for The Synapse and learn more about my classmates and the future medical professions!  In my free time I like to draw, read fantasy books, play board games, play video games and sleep; lots of sleep.

Hasan Sumdani - Copy Editor I got into reading a long time ago so people would think I was #deep and mysterious, and then, to really sell that persona, I made a blog, started a journal, and wrote a novel. But I want to be even cooler, so now I'm here at The Synapse.

Hasan Sumdani - Copy Editor

I got into reading a long time ago so people would think I was #deep and mysterious, and then, to really sell that persona, I made a blog, started a journal, and wrote a novel. But I want to be even cooler, so now I'm here at The Synapse.

Anandini Rao – Copy Editor Hi! I’m really excited to be on The Synapse team this year. Synapses are what allows the brain to communicate with itself and the rest of the body – without them, we would go haywire. To me, writing and editing is one of the ways I communicate my passion for medicine. Also, like all of the other board members – expressing ourselves helps keeps us sane through long nights of studying! As medical students, we are embarking on careers of life-long learning and exciting new adventures – I look forward to keeping The Synapse the perfect forum for conveying our journeys in medicine in fun and creative ways. In my free time I love watching Netflix, crocheting, and learning new recipes!

Anandini Rao – Copy Editor

Hi! I’m really excited to be on The Synapse team this year. Synapses are what allows the brain to communicate with itself and the rest of the body – without them, we would go haywire. To me, writing and editing is one of the ways I communicate my passion for medicine. Also, like all of the other board members – expressing ourselves helps keeps us sane through long nights of studying! As medical students, we are embarking on careers of life-long learning and exciting new adventures – I look forward to keeping The Synapse the perfect forum for conveying our journeys in medicine in fun and creative ways. In my free time I love watching Netflix, crocheting, and learning new recipes!

Bevan Johnson - Design Editor If I could be doing anything right now, I’d be outside hiking a trail. But since there aren’t any mountains in Aggieland, I joined the Synapse. In my spare time, which there isn’t any, I read countless articles over a wide range of topics. I’m not much of a writer, but I’ll read just about anything. I’m proud to be part of the Texas A&M College of Medicine family alongside an inspiring and creative cast of classmates, faculty, and staff. At the Synapse, I look forward to better connecting their stories & artistic talents with readers everywhere.

Bevan Johnson - Design Editor

If I could be doing anything right now, I’d be outside hiking a trail. But since there aren’t any mountains in Aggieland, I joined the Synapse. In my spare time, which there isn’t any, I read countless articles over a wide range of topics. I’m not much of a writer, but I’ll read just about anything. I’m proud to be part of the Texas A&M College of Medicine family alongside an inspiring and creative cast of classmates, faculty, and staff. At the Synapse, I look forward to better connecting their stories & artistic talents with readers everywhere.

Alex Hsu - Managing Editor When I was in college I loved to work on the newspaper, whether it was through taking pictures, editing, reporting, or writing. Naturally, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that The Synapse existed when I enrolled at the College of Medicine! It was my chance to bring a little bit of the humanities (literature, art, and poetry) to the medical community here! I am excited to work with a wonderful board of equally enthusiastic students, and look forward to the upcoming year. In my free time I like to run, swim, read, and watch funny YouTube videos.

Alex Hsu - Managing Editor

When I was in college I loved to work on the newspaper, whether it was through taking pictures, editing, reporting, or writing. Naturally, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that The Synapse existed when I enrolled at the College of Medicine! It was my chance to bring a little bit of the humanities (literature, art, and poetry) to the medical community here! I am excited to work with a wonderful board of equally enthusiastic students, and look forward to the upcoming year. In my free time I like to run, swim, read, and watch funny YouTube videos.

Hanna Fanous - Copy Editor (Pronounced Fan-oose) In undergrad, I studied Microbiology and Biochemistry with a minor in Social Inequality, Health and Policy. My minor provided an invaluable avenue for expanding my perspective and humanizing the impact of the diseases I studied in my classes. The Synapse offers a similar approach to incorporating humanities and arts into medicine and as such I am grateful to have the opportunity to carefully edit intellectually stimulating, visceral, and breath-taking pieces. In my free time I enjoy writing music and short stories, exercising, arts and crafts, food, and my precious Australian Shepherd, Kiki.

Hanna Fanous - Copy Editor

(Pronounced Fan-oose) In undergrad, I studied Microbiology and Biochemistry with a minor in Social Inequality, Health and Policy. My minor provided an invaluable avenue for expanding my perspective and humanizing the impact of the diseases I studied in my classes. The Synapse offers a similar approach to incorporating humanities and arts into medicine and as such I am grateful to have the opportunity to carefully edit intellectually stimulating, visceral, and breath-taking pieces. In my free time I enjoy writing music and short stories, exercising, arts and crafts, food, and my precious Australian Shepherd, Kiki.

Garret Hisle - Copy Editor As a devout minimalist, I have always held that brevity is the soul of wit.                                                             balloon!                                                                                      Hold on tight to your

Garret Hisle - Copy Editor

As a devout minimalist, I have always held that brevity is the soul of wit. 

 

                                                         balloon!

                                                

                                   

Hold on tight to your

Britton Eastburn - Design Editor The more people discover about my background, the less they seem to understand who I am. Suffice it to say that I love to read (and write) and my favorite things in the world are new ideas. Bevan and I joined the team to not only make The Synapse the slickest-looking publication in medicine, but also to help discover what you (the readers) truly care about and what you really want to read about. Give us your feedback – all of it. *Obligatory info: I’m from Longview, Texas. I got my B.S. and MBA right here at Texas A&M. My future involves a yet-to-be-determined specialty in pediatrics. I live to be outdoors. I love to cook, but my favorite hobby / stress relief is woodworking. I do sports. I will try anything once. Eventually, I hope to return to medical school as an educator. My spirit animal is a panda.

Britton Eastburn - Design Editor

The more people discover about my background, the less they seem to understand who I am. Suffice it to say that I love to read (and write) and my favorite things in the world are new ideas. Bevan and I joined the team to not only make The Synapse the slickest-looking publication in medicine, but also to help discover what you (the readers) truly care about and what you really want to read about. Give us your feedback – all of it.

*Obligatory info: I’m from Longview, Texas. I got my B.S. and MBA right here at Texas A&M. My future involves a yet-to-be-determined specialty in pediatrics. I live to be outdoors. I love to cook, but my favorite hobby / stress relief is woodworking. I do sports. I will try anything once. Eventually, I hope to return to medical school as an educator. My spirit animal is a panda.

Dr. Karen Wakefield – Faculty Consultant Soon after its creation, I was honored to become the Synapse Faculty Editor. The Synapse is a medium for medical students and others in the College of Medicine to express their individual creativity in a format that can be read and revisited over time. Each article, poem, or picture opens a window for us to see into the humanity of medicine. In my free time, I enjoy reading, learning about history, cooking, and quilting.

Dr. Karen Wakefield – Faculty Consultant

Soon after its creation, I was honored to become the Synapse Faculty Editor. The Synapse is a medium for medical students and others in the College of Medicine to express their individual creativity in a format that can be read and revisited over time. Each article, poem, or picture opens a window for us to see into the humanity of medicine. In my free time, I enjoy reading, learning about history, cooking, and quilting.

Dr. Barbara Gastel – Faculty Consultant Hello! I'm Barbara Gastel, a faculty consultant to The Synapse. Having been active in student publications myself, I'm especially pleased to serve in this role. I'm a medical school graduate specializing largely in biomedical writing and editing. I coordinate the Texas A&M graduate program in science communication, teach medical humanities, and participate in projects to help researchers in developing countries to write about and publish their work. In my free time (what's that?), I like to cook, bake, read, travel, attend concerts and plays—and do more writing and editing.

Dr. Barbara Gastel – Faculty Consultant

Hello! I'm Barbara Gastel, a faculty consultant to The Synapse. Having been active in student publications myself, I'm especially pleased to serve in this role. I'm a medical school graduate specializing largely in biomedical writing and editing. I coordinate the Texas A&M graduate program in science communication, teach medical humanities, and participate in projects to help researchers in developing countries to write about and publish their work. In my free time (what's that?), I like to cook, bake, read, travel, attend concerts and plays—and do more writing and editing.

  

 

Previous Teams

2016 Synapse Editorial Board

Hanna Chen                                                                          CJ Conlon
Cindy Roman                                                                         Joseph Joo
Nida Virani                                                                             Sneha Raghunathan
Tiffany Chan                                                                          Nina Tran

2015-2016 Synapse Editorial Board

Ann Dyer                                                                                Shelby Pearman
Jessica Nguyen                                                                     Anand Jayanti
Cullen Soares                                                                        Meherin Huque
Lily Luc                                                                                   Kavitha Krishnan

2014-2015 Synapse Editorial Board

Grace Lassiter                                                                       Whitney Hall
Chanel Tran                                                                           Anisha Hadimohd
Thomas Magliaro                                                                  Shivani Desai
Alba Lara                                                                               Jessica Meyer
Jeannie Nguyen