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Suture by day, cut and nail by night

Artist Statement: “I believe you have to think about it all carefully. You have to plan each step. The components have to be measured at least twice. Once you cut, there is no turning back. I now find it addicting: creating a piece of furniture

Delicate Touch in Painting Translates to Ophthalmology

  Artist Statement: Dr. Jaclyn Gurwin, a third year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute, has been drawing and painting since a young age. As a fine arts minor at the University of Pennsylvania, she received formal art training that helped

A Physician’s Eye for Abstraction

In my painting I use fundamental, geometric shapes: squares, rectangles, triangles, and an occasional circle as a kind of vocabulary. I arrange the forms to interplay with one another. I use color to fill the forms or highlight the forms and create other interactions. You

Intimate

Intimate Watercolor and ink on paper Reference: Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, 6th ed. How does one visually depict the topic of anatomical donation and cadaver dissection, memorializing the donors’ ultimate gift to medical education while preserving the sanctity of their bodies? “Intimate” is one

Psychiatry and the Self

To make art is to examine the self. To practice psychiatry is to examine the other, in relation to the self.  Both are phenomenological. They are inextricably linked, and bidirectional. As a psychiatrist, I heal and comfort patients who suffer from immense physical and psychological

Brainstem Cross Sections

The brainstem, the gateway between the body and the brain, contains a bundle of functional pathways that move in three dimensions through its three parts: the medulla, pons, and midbrain. Learning to “localize the lesion” in the brainstem involves mapping neurological symptoms onto this tangled

Philadelphia Skyline

A little over six months ago, I moved from Minnesota to Center City for medical school and it wasn’t long before I loved the area, hot as it was in early August. With my newly adopted life on a bicycle, I discovered the charm of

Netter’s Symposium

Chen Zhou is a current third year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Chen has been painting since the age of four. He struggled with reconciling his love for the arts with his decision to pursue medicine as a career. He always felt like

Mahosot Surgery I

  Title: Mahosot Surgery I Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 18” x 27″ Date: March 2015 About: Mahosot Surgery I is the first of three paintings inspired by my time spent shadowing physicians at Mahosot Hospital in the capital city of Vientiane, Laos. The subject of this painting is a

Mahosot Surgery II

Title: Mahosot Surgery II Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 20″ x 26″ Date: April 2015 About: Mahosot Surgery II was inspired by my time spent at Mahosot Hospital, a public hospital in the capital city of Vientiane, Laos. There I shadowed both Lao and foreign physicians, including teams

Calloused Fingertips

“Calloused Finger Tips” Self-portrait, one-touch ultra test strips. Over the last 22 years of living with type 1 diabetes, I, along with thousands of other type 1’s, have pricked my finger 40,105 times. We wake up in the middle of the night to check our

Mahosot Surgery III

  Title: Mahosot Surgery III Medium: Oil on Canvas Size: 28″ x 22″ Date: Spring – Oct. 17th, 2016 About: Mahosot Surgery III was inspired by the artist’s time spent at Mahosot Hospital, a public hospital in the capital city of Laos. There she shadowed

Fluorescent Microscopy

Fluorescent Microscopy Medium: Water-miscible oil Size: 18″ x 24″ This painting was inspired by the meditative experience of working under the glow of fluorescent microscopy. Here, the microscope shines green light at the specimen while the woman looks through the objective. She has incubated her

JAMA announces Arts and Medicine section

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) announced that it is starting a new Arts and Medicine section. Associate Editor Roxanne Young wrote in the editorial introducing the new section: “In 2016, we take the transformation further, beyond the visual and fine arts

If Disney Were a Physician

I wanted to become an artist long before I wanted to become a doctor. While my classmates were going through the fireman, astronaut or paleontologist stage (okay, I also had an astronaut stage), I wanted to work for Disney and draw the next Lion King.

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