By Wendy Sarubbi | February 22, 2016 11:56 am

Cara Sherrill observes life through the lens of her camera and reveals the depths of her thoughts through poetry. Whether it¹s an extreme close-up of an eye or a couple walking in the rain, she says art give her an opportunity to show a different aspect of herself not always visible as a second-year medical student.

Her work is just one of many artistic pieces in the second edition of the College of Medicine’s literary magazine, The Script. The student-created publication includes essays, poetry, drawings and photography from faculty, students and staff. The 60-page magazine was unveiled at a lunchtime event February 19.

Second-year M.D. student John Stelzer is president of the student Arts in Medicine group and spearheaded the literary magazine. The son of a potter, Stelzer said the project allowed him to get to know his fellow students in a deeper way because of what their art reveals. “It makes us more well-rounded as students and later better physicians,” he said of creative pursuits.

Dr. Juan Cendan, chair of medical education and faculty advisor for Arts in Medicine, noted that students took on a huge task with the publication — developing everything from the process for handling and choosing submissions to designing the magazine’s layout and working with the printer.

The journal shows a consistency of emotions experienced by those who care for patients. Editors grouped written and visual arts under four common themes participants shared – life, death, emotion and perception.

“I’m struck not only by the beauty of the piece,” said Dr. Deborah German vice president for medical affairs and dean, at the magazine’s unveiling, “but also by the feelings it conveys – life, death, hope and fears. Art is an important release and
should be enjoyed.”

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