Humanism in Practice – Medicine & The Arts

Welcome to our Medicine & the Arts section. We would love to highlight your creative work outside of medicine that is important to you as an individual. We accept all kinds of submissions including but not limited to poems, essays (max. 1500 words), paintings, photographs, etc.

We hope you will take a moment to share your humanistic artistic expressions by completing this form.

“A Closer Look”

This collage was created using medical journals printed during the COVID-19 pandemic. At first glance from a distance, you see an image of a sunset. However, a closer look reveals many different cut out patterns, images, and words that were intentionally and delicately chosen because they were intriguing or thought-provoking to me in some way. The experience of crafting this collage reminds me that #1. things are not always as they appear–sometimes we must look closer. And #2. even in the midst of adversity, the eye that seeks to see good can find it.

Rana Elgazzar
M.D. Candidate, Class of 2021
President, Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2021
The Ohio State University College of Medicine



To tear through a book
lovingly, hungrily
as with no other choice
as it tears through you
wakening memories, pasts, dreams
punctuated by the soft hum
of the small cat beside you
the lingering warmth in your hands
from the last cup of tea
as you turn the last page
and lay awake, content, dawn.

Jessica Rutsky, MD
April 20, 2020
Voices in Humanism