When a call for submissions was sent out this past winter, Maya was surprised and excited to receive more than 100 submissions, about double what she had anticipated.
“I thought it was great and that it really showed this is something people want,” she said.
Chapman Society Faculty Board President Samuel Dickmann, M.D., a community physician at UF Health Family Medicine — Jonesville and a College of Medicine assistant professor, said he was excited when he heard the students decided to take on the project of creating the literary magazine.
“It’s really a reflection of the clinicians’ experiences, and that’s what makes it so valuable to us and to our patients,” he said. “It gives the clinicians an outlet to express and process the emotions and thoughts that we can’t always express in the clinical setting, and it provides patients a window into the other side of medicine.”
One of the poems featured in CALM is “In Chains,” written by third-year medical student AJ Winer.
The poem is inspired from his experience treating an incarcerated patient during a medical rotation.
“Writing has given me that skill of trying to better grasp what I’m feeling and to understand it,” Winer said. “It’s very cathartic. It can really help with bringing some light out of the darkness and some hope out of whatever disparity or despair there is around.”
Copies of CALM are available to read in print at UF Health Shands Hospital lobby and online as a viewable PDF.
Maya said the literary magazine is made for both health care providers and their patients to enjoy.
“On one hand, we hope it provides the College of Medicine community with comfort. The content ranges from cheerful pieces to things that are a little more serious,” she said. “I also hope it gives patients who read it a better understanding of the people who are taking care of them.”
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