About Us


“Nothing will sustain you more potently in your humdrum routine…than the power to recognize the true poetry of life- the poetry of the commonplace, of the ordinary man, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.”

-Sir William Osler


Lifelines began as one student’s dream back in 2002 as he commenced his first year of medical school. Sai Li envisioned a literary journal that could break through the “humdrum routine” to see this “true poetry of life.” With the hard work of numerous medical students, faculty and members of the community¬†Lifelines became a reality. Lifelines¬†is a literary magazine that not only serves as a medium for self-expression, but a way for all readers and contributors to bond over narratives in medicine. In addition to our easily accessible issues online, we distribute physical copies in local clinics and nursing homes to share these narratives with patients and providers. As of now, we have published seven volumes and hope to continue Sai’s vision at Geisel.


“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald


Our Mission

We aim to be a thread winding amongst all those who have been touched by the medical experience, and to weave a literary tapestry offering a creative outlet for healthcare providers and patients alike.

Lifelines is supported by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) at Geisel School of Medicine. 


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