By Wendy Sarubbi | January 9, 2015 2:49 pm

The inaugural issue of the medical student-produced literary magazine The Script saw remarkable success: The magazine received national recognition from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and was distributed to readers as far away as Europe. And now the college’s Arts in Medicine group is seeking submissions for the 2015 edition.

Members of the College of Medicine community are encouraged to submit written works – both poetry and narrative – illustrations, paintings and photography on topics that include empathy, patient suffering, professionalism and diversity. “This literary magazine will provide a potential to view our incredible faculty and student body with a more holistic perspective and will illustrate the talent here at the UCF College of Medicine,” said first-year M.D. student Lea Meir who is part of this year’s editing team.

Submissions should be sent to Last year, AIM received more than 120 submissions for consideration and hopes to receive similar participation this year. “We have been overwhelmed by the support from our community and hope Arts in Medicine can continue to help bring out the voice of the College Of Medicine,” said the group’s president, second-year medical student Simon Ho.

That support included a write-up of The Script in the AAMC’s September 2014 Newsletter. Students also distributed the literary magazine to their preceptors’ waiting rooms across Central Florida. Co-editor-in-chief Aryan Sarparast of the Class of 2017 even distributed copies to his hosts during a summer trip to Denmark and Belgium last year. “Without the involvement of the COM community, The Script is merely empty pages bound by a cover and a back,” Sarparast said. “Who knows, perhaps it is your submission that reaches out to someone else and says, ‘I know how that feels, and you are not alone.’”

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