- College of Medicine Students
The link between art and medicine continues at the UCF College of Medicine as M.D. students are beginning The Sc℞ipt, an art literary magazine. Medical school faculty, staff and students are invited to submit poetry, op-ed letters, photography, non-fiction, reflections and paintings or drawings for consideration. The deadline is October 16.
Sc℞ipt is the brainchild of the college’s Arts in Medicine (AIM) organization, a student-run group committed to uniting the arts and sciences throughout Central Florida and healthcare. AIM has sponsored several artistic events and performances, including last year’s first annual “Music Under the Stars” holiday concert in the Lewis Auditorium. The event collected arts and crafts supplies for Nemours Children’s Hospital, the college’s Medical City partner. AIM also donated a piano to the Nemours lobby, and students go over to the hospital to play, much to the delight of families and visitors.
The magazine is the group’s latest endeavor to bridge science and art, said second-year M.D. student Michael Metzner, AIM’s president. “Art is about communication and the human side of what we do,” said Michael, who earned undergraduate degrees in biological chemistry and visual art. “If you are a good communicator, you’re a good doctor.”
The first edition of Sc℞ipt is expected to be published in January and AIM hopes the magazine will become a yearly tradition at the College of Medicine. The group already has the first cover designed – a drawing of an artist drawing a serpent contained in the staff of Aesculapius, the Greek God of medicine. The happy, cartoonish snake has a stethoscope around its neck and is surrounded by musical notes as it is wrapped around a paintbrush.