2021 Art Gallery from the Humanism & Healing Virtual Conference

A beautiful feature of the 2021 Humanism & Healing Virtual Conference was the virtual Art Gallery, which showcased work by physicians, medical students, trainees, and others from across the healthcare community.

Each artist expressed the human connection through their chosen medium, including visual art, photography, dance, video, poetry, and narrative writing. They shared stories about navigating burnout, grief, and the pandemic. They illuminated why they chose to work in healthcare, how to counter racist narratives, and visions for a more inclusive future.

Here is a sampling of the 2021 Art Gallery, below, with one piece of art from each artist.

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“Home” by Maymunah Ahmed of Union College, NY.

“White Coats, Stained with Lives” by Dr. Kathryn Kalata of the University of Colorado.


“Pearls for the Physical Exam: Auscultate (My Words)” by Julia Hafer, a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


“George Floyd: Why was I killed” by Mohamed Sylla, a medical student at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.


“Close Enough: Building Real Ties” by Rasha Kakati, a medical student at American University of Beirut Medical Center.

“Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial” by Dr. Anya Koutras of Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

“The Pain Scale” by Dr. Natalie Lanocha, a resident-fellow at Oregon Health and Science University.

“Home” by Dr. Yu-Hui Huang, a resident-fellow at the University of Minnesota.


“Point of View” by Kamil Sochacki, a resident-fellow at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.


“Healing Hands” by Arielle Moss, a medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Only Skin Deep” by Kayla Byrd, a medical student at Emory University.


“Isolated connectivity in the time of a pandemic” by Esha Hansoti, a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


“Thank you (is not enough)” by Bridget Gongol, a medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.


“Fire Near The River Bank” by Vanessa Velez, a resident-fellow at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center.


“A Tour of the South: Unlearning & Relearning Racism in America” by Kevin McCawley, a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School.

“The History of Knowledge” by Evalina Bond, a medical student at the University of Wisconsin.


“You see me stone hearted” by Dr. Niyati Grewal of MCOMS Nepal.


“Breaking” by Amber Diaz of Boston University School of Medicine.

“To My Patients” by Dr. Sarah Baden of Family Medicine.
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“Harmony” by Jenci Hawthorne, a medical student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


“Sana, sana: The Healing Power of Language” by Dr. Pilar Ortega of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.