The Voices in Humanism (Voices) initiative is a collaboration between The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Resident Chapter and the OSU Medical Heritage Center. The mission is to collect, preserve, and share the arts created during this challenging time. Students, residents, faculty, staff, alumni, and all members of the healthcare family submit all forms of visual arts, writing, and music to the collection. To view the growing collection, visit the Voices webpage.
Created from glass recently rescued from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (est. 1942), “Flight” was submitted by Brian Bachelder, MD, FAAFP, past president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and practicing family physician in Mount Gilead, OH.
“Working with stained glass keeps me connected to the arts while serving as a family physician and medical educator,” shared Dr. Bachelder.
Submitted by Eileen Mehl Boelsckevy, retired associate director, medical education from OSU.
Ms. Boelsckevy shared, “This photo is of a tree peony below my kitchen window. It is special because it blooms early and it was given to be by a friend.”
“Stand with Us” was submitted by Meika Eby, MD, and her daughter Kia. Created digitally on her iPad through Procreate, Dr. Eby shares, “Art has always been a fun hobby for me.”
“Especially during these trying times, it has been a nice outlet and way to express myself and some of the strong feelings all of these challenges have brought about,” she continued.
“A Closer Look” was submitted by senior medical student at The OSU College of Medicine Rana Elgazzar. Created using medical journals printed during the pandemic, at first glance you see an image of a sunset; however, a closer look reveals many different patterns, images, and words.
“I intentionally chose these images because they were intriguing or thought-provoking to me in some way,” said Rana. “Crafting this collage reminds me that things are not always as they appear and that even in the midst of adversity, the eye that seeks to see good can find it,” Rana concluded.
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is partnering in this initiative by highlighting pieces of work in the Weekly Family Medicine Update, as well as on the Joy Among Chaos webpage. If you would like to contribute to this collection and share your own piece of work that reflects thoughts during this time of dual pandemics as we struggle to understand the impact on our patients, their families, our communities, our profession, and ourselves, we encourage you to do so. Submissions may be emailed to LCStoneMD@columbus.rr.com.
Financial support for this program is provided by the AAFP Foundation Philanthropic Consortium (FMPC) which is funded by members like you! Help programs like this continue to support family medicine by giving to the FMPC. Select “Chapter Grants” when making your gift online. Thank you!