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We go through life
surrounded by the beau-
ty of nature and the crea-
tive arts – paintings, pho-
tographs, music and the
written word. Yet, we are
often unaware of their
power or impact.
Art celebrates the
healthy spirit that lives
in us all. Understanding,
experiencing and appre-
ciating art adds to our health and wellness and can
help us as healthcare providers bring healing to oth-
ers. That’s because art can help us make sense of pain,
suffering and loss. It can inspire us to look at people,
circumstances and challenges in new ways.
As physicians and researchers, we spend most of
our lives in the world of science. Yet the world of art
enriches what we do. It touches our hearts and allows
us to better communicate because, at its very core, art
is communication. The best doctors are the best com-
municators, and experiencing the arts can be a bridge
that connects our hearts and minds for the good of
those we serve.
I was delighted when our medical school’s Arts
and Medicine student organization recently produced
its second edition of The ScRxipt, a literary magazine
that highlights the creative work done by students,
faculty and staff. The inaugural edition was a huge
success – and the fact that it had been created by such
a young medical school garnered national attention
from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
This year’s edition is 60 pages and includes essays,
poetry, drawings and photography. I’m struck not only
by the magazine’s beauty but also by the common
feelings it conveys from those of us who care for pa-
tients-life, death, hope and fear. Creative expression
helps us make sense of these feelings and the world,
and it is a gift we can share with each other.
Just ask second-year UCF medical student John St-
elzer, who led the creation of this year’s literary maga-
zine. John is the son of a potter, and he designed and
edited The ScRxipt. He says the experience helped him
understand his fellow medical students in a deeper
way because of the inner feelings their art revealed.
As John saw, sharing and learning from the arts
gives us new insight, compassion, guidance and in-
spiration. And those are the traits UCF is passionate
about creating in tomorrow’s health leaders.
To view The ScRxipt, please visit
or use the QR code.
The Healing Arts
Deborah German, M.D .
Vice President for Medical Affairs,
UCF College of Medicine
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Master Gardener Volunteer Program
The Orange County Master Gardeners will be
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Check-in at 8:45. The informational program
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