Welcome to my website. My name is Michelle Dalson, and I am a premedical student at Duke University, majoring in psychology and minoring in biology.
As an aspiring academic physician, I am especially passionate about analyzing the impact of advancing scientific and medical research. Thus, I was driven to complete 3 novels about the scientific and social impacts of medical advancement. However, I learned that novel-writing was not my calling. Therefore, I decided to express my passion for medicine by blogging about ethical, philosophical, and scientific discussions in medicine, and writing only short segments of medical fiction stories that are not exactly novel-length.
Genotopia is the series I had written to demonstrate this theme. Though it is a fictional series, the 3 novels emphasize the ethics, benefits, and drawbacks of scientific progress. The stories take place in a world dependent on genetically modified animals. My strong passion for medicine and the seemingly infinite possible ways to manipulate science to heal people was what kept me motivated to complete an entire series.
Through these novels, I hope to emphasize three important themes:
1.) The relentless battle between nature and man’s scientific progress
2.) The beneficial (and dangerous) impact of scientific and medical advancement on racial divisions, culture, and society.
3.) The impact of culture and society on scientific and medical advancement
I will emphasize that I have no interest in making a career out of writing fiction. While I am passionate about writing, I know the passion will fade if I have to feel obligated to write. I become less motivated to write if I make it an obligation for myself to write. That being said, being an author would not be an ideal career for me. The passion would only stay alive if I engage in the activity as a hobby.
On the other hand, my passion for learning the medical sciences remains strong when I engage in the learning process for leisure, as well as when I engage in the learning process as an obligation. Taking my premedical courses taught me that I love learning about medicine, and the motivation remains strong, if not stronger, when I make it an obligation for myself to learn medicine. Furthermore, interacting with patients and providing support for people with medical problems are also activities that I naturally enjoy in my leisure time, as well as an obligation to fulfill. Whenever I would volunteer in the hospital, shadow a doctor, interact and converse with patients, run wet-lab experiments, study for biological and physical science courses, or read research papers on the latest medical breakthroughs, I was never impatient or felt any urge to hurry up the process, regardless of whether the tasks were leisurely or obligatory. I enjoyed going through the process of learning and performing medical and scientific tasks in the lab and clinic one step at the time. Thus, I am eager to dedicate myself to a career in medicine, aiming to advance the medical sciences in ways that would benefit society, just as I had depicted in the themes of my novels. I hope that my novels will also encourage my readers to address, understand, and appreciate how science and medicine have shaped our world.