Humanism in the Health Sciences
Founded in 1996, Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine is a student-led literary and arts journal for Western University of Health Sciences. We accept non-fiction essays, fiction short stories, poetry, fine art, photography, audio, video and animation submissions from our whole WesternU community. Our mission is to cultivate a diversity of minds, cultures, experiences and points of view in order to enhance the humanistic principles that guide this university’s mission.
Humanism in the Health Sciences 2022-2023
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This year I am pleased to present Buoyancy. This theme was inspired by our collective experience of duck syndrome. A duck in the water appears calm but below the water they are furiously paddling. This issue of Humanism in the Health Sciences is a space for people to share their stories and what keeps them buoyant, floating above the water, and thriving in this ever-changing world.
Jonathan Ibanez, DPM ’23
Editor-in-Chief, Humanism in the Health Sciences, 2022-2023
Humanism in the Health Sciences 2021-2022
As we approach the endemic status of COVID-19, following over two years of isolation, fear, and an unrelenting news cycle, we find ourselves eager to rebuild our communities. Onward invites us to look back on our journeys and celebrate our resilience. We recognize inequalities and injustices the pandemic exacerbated, and imagine a future where we can heal these wounds. We call on our own empathy, humanism, and joy to look onward to a brighter future. Art allows us to share subjective experiences, and from this recognize we are not alone. The 2021-2022 editorial team is pleased to share the essays, poems, photographs, and artwork that encapsulate the creativity of the WesternU family. We hope you find optimism, challenge, reflection, and inspiration in them as we have.
Leo Taylor, DMD Student
Editor-in-Chief, Humanism in the Health Sciences, 2021-2022
Humanism in the Health Sciences 2020-2021
It is difficult to find words that can adequately describe the year of 2020. The year had been a year of grief and pain, of revolution and change, of strength and support. We have had to find new ways of coping with the unprecedented amount of panic and sorrow that has come at us without an end in sight. And we have had to find new ways of connecting with each other in a time of disconnect. Our days are spent largely in virtual meetings — our microphones off, our voices muted. To break silence requires courage and heart, plenty of which can be found in this issue of Humanism in the Health Sciences. It is my great honor to share with you the unfettered voices of the students, faculty, and staff of the WesternU community in the time of 2020.
Sylvia Li, COMP-Pomona student
Editor-in-Chief, Humanism in the Health Sciences, 2020
Humanism in the Health Sciences Magazine
We encourage submissions from our whole WesternU community: current and prospective students, faculty, staff, administration, preceptors, advisory council members, donors, alumni, Health Career Ladder students and their parents, and all other interested friends and associates of WesternU.
Gifts to the Yolanda B. Suarez, DO, Humanism Journal Endowment will ensure the continued publication of this award-winning magazine and support scholarships for the student editors.