Ye Kyung Song, MD, PhD

Yekki Song

Undergraduate School
University of Houston

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch


Interests and Career Goals

Teaching medical humanities, practicing general psychiatry, researching best practices for education

Favorite Pastimes   

Arts and crafts of some sort—depending on the season, it is usually embroidery, pottery, or crochet/knitting. I also enjoy hiking, bouldering, and weight lifting.

Strengths of the Program   

Longitudinal psychotherapy clinic and electives in third and fourth year, Clinician Educator Track, culture of resident wellness, and program leadership's transparency and commitment to improvement

Research Interests

I'm primarily a qualitative researcher and interested in questions of normative ethics. Topics in the past have included systemic reasons for burnout and graphic medicine.


  • Mayo, S., Song, Y., Cruz, M., Phan, T.M., Singh, K., Garsin, D., Murray, B.E., Dial, E., Lichtenberger, L.M.  Sa1958 NSAID Injury to the Small Intestine Is Dependent Upon Bile and Is Associated with Overgrowth of Enterococci.  Gastroenterology. 2013 May; 144 (5): S-344
  • Mayo, S., Song, Y., Cruz, M., Phan, T.M., Singh, K., Garsin, D., Murray, B.E., Dial, E., Lichtenberger, L.M.  Indomethacin Injury to the Rat Small Intestine is Dependent upon Biliary Secretion and is Associated with Overgrowth of Enterococci.  Physiol Rep. 2016 Mar; 4(6): e12725.
  • Song, Y.  The Student as the Patient.  Academic Medicine. 2016 Sep; 91 (9): 1231
  • Tong, Y., Song, Y., Tyring, S.  Resolution of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda in Hepatitis C Patients Following Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir.  JAMA Dermatology. 2016 Oct 12. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3036.
  • Song, Y., Mehta, H.B., Nunez Lopez, O.A,, Bohanon, F.J., Rojas-Khalil, Y., Bowen-Jallow, K.A., Radhakrishnan, R.S.  Race and Outcomes in Gastroschisis Repair: A Nationwide Analysis.  Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2017 Nov; 52(11).  doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.03.004
  • Song, Y.  The Medical Student Manifesto.  Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal.  2017 Summer; 2.
  • Song, Y.  Rituals in Medicine: The Morbidity and Mortality Conference.  Journal of Ritual Studies. 2018 32(1): 1-10.
  • Song, Y., Crowder, J. Memes in Medical Education: Making Sense of Professional Authority. 2019.
  • Song, Y. "This isn't being a doctor." - Qualitative inquiry into the existential dimensions of medical student burnout. Medical Science Educator. 2020 July.
  • Mantri, S., Song, Y., Lawson, J.M., Berger, E., Koenig, H.G. Moral injury and burnout in health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2021 April. Published ahead of print.
  • Song, Y., Mantri, S., Lawson, J.M., Berger, E., Koenig, H.G. Morally injurious experiences and emotions of health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic before vaccine availability. JAMA Network Open. 4(11):e2136150. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen. 2021.36150.
  • Meyerson, W., Fineberg, S., Song, Y., Faber, A., Garrett, A., Andrade F.C., Corlett, P., Gerstein, M., Hoyle, R. H. Estimation of Bedtimes of Reddit Users: Integrated Analysis of Time Stamps and Surveys. JMIR Formative Research. 2023 7 (e38112).

Poster Presentations

  • Song, Y.  Performing Femininity in Bikini Bodybuilding.  Talking Bodies 3rd Annual Meeting: Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Chester, Chester, U.K.  April 19-22, 2017.
  • Song, Y.  Implicit Narratives in Gastroschisis Research.  National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, MA.  April 29-30, 2017.
  • Song, Y.  Expressions of Medical Student Burnout Online: An Autonetnographic Study. Calgary Health Humanities Symposium, Calgary, Canada.  October 18-19, 2018.
  • Song, Y.  Graphic Medicine Workshop. Medical Humanities Course, Trent Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Durham, NC. March 24, 2022.
  • Song, Y.  Graphic Medicine Workshop in "What's the Story, Exploring the What, Why and How of Narrative Medicine," Durham, NC. Fall 2022.
  • Song, Y. "Standing in Relation to The Bad Thing: On Pathographies," Narrative Medicine Winter Series, Durham, NC. March 28, 2022.
    Song, Y. Graphic Medicine/Poetry Workshop in "Narrative Medicine: Purpose, Practice & Pedagogy," Durham, NC. April 28, 2023.