The first cry

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 56, No. 7, September 2014, Page 370 Back Page
By: Janny Ke,

acrylic painting
Acrylic paint on canvas.

This painting was inspired by my first delivery as a medical student. The little being finally emerged, covered with blood and goo. Then he cried—at first crackling, then louder and louder. His mom hugged him tightly, pain and exhaustion forgotten. His dad couldn’t wait to sneak in a kiss.

Medicine has brought me into some of people’s most excruciating, profound, and beautiful moments. In this painting, I hoped to capture a moment of wonder and celebrate the timelessness and universality of the love and magic that are perhaps as much a part of medicine as disease is. As a beginner in both medicine and my journey in search of meaning and myself, I am thankful to witness the powerful love that surrounds us at the first cries and the last farewells, alike.
—Janny Ke


Ms Xue Chen Janny Ke is a fourth-year medical student at the University of British Columbia, class of 2015. She completed 1 year of science and 2 years of pharmacy at the undergraduate level before entering medicine.

Janny Ke,. The first cry. BCMJ, Vol. 56, No. 7, September, 2014, Page(s) 370 - Back Page.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply