Natalie Berger came to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai through the FlexMed Program from Brown University. At Brown, she concentrated in Science, Technology & Society where she created an independent track in Literature and Medicine. She taught dance classes to people with Parkinson’s Disease and presented a poster on this work at the International Health and Humanities Consortium and was an active contributor to Brown’s art-science magazine, Catalyst. She entered the MD program in 2019.
While at Icahn, Natalie led the Mount Sinai Humanities Interest Group and organized a lecture by Dr. Arnold Weinstein, a world-renowned writer and professor titled “Why Doctors Should Read Kafka.” She served as the course coordinator to “Words to Live By,” a creative writing course for medical and graduate students. She was an editor and contributor to Mount Sinai’s literary magazine, “The Apothecary” where she published an essay and a short story. Lastly, Natalie acted, wrote, and directed for “The Story Project,” Mount Sinai’s annual student-run anonymous monologue show.
Natalie would like to thank her family, friends, and partner for supporting and encouraging her throughout all of these endeavors. She would also like to thank the faculty in the Academy for Medicine & the Humanities at Mount Sinai who helped create so many of the spaces at Sinai that champion the humanities.
Natalie will graduate with her MD degree and continue her residency training in General Surgery at NYU.