Rubor is now accepting submissions for vol. 9, anticipated release Spring 2021! Submissions of all kinds are welcome —fiction, poetry, personal narrative, photos, 3D works, digital design, drawings, paintings. Work does not need to be related to medicine. Submissions can be printed anonymously and are welcome from all branches of the University of Utah Health Sciences community and general public!

Art Aloud! In Celebration of Black History Month and of Love

A Virtual Open Mic Event
Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00PM

In celebration of February as Black History Month and as the month when our thoughts turn to love, writers are invited, but not required, to draw our attention to these two themes. U of U healthcare professionals, students, faculty, patients, and family members are invited to read a piece of original writing. All forms of spoken art are welcome, five minutes or less in length (~ 750 words).

To join, just click on the Zoom link provided, and show up! Using the “Chat” function, you may sign in to read. You also are welcome as our listening audience.

Join us for friendly company and the positive energy that comes from sharing experiences during these uncertain times.

Art Aloud! is co-sponsored by the Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine; Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; The Office of Health Equity Diversity & Inclusion; HCI Wellness and Integrative Health Center; GME Wellness; and the Resiliency Center.


View the print publication here and pieces from the web edition here

Hard copies are available at the following locations: Health Sciences Library, Health Sciences Education Building, U of U Hospital lobby, clinics, and dialysis center, College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine Admissions Office, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Student Affairs Office, Office of Medical Humanities


Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the online platform for Rubor: Reflections on Medicine from the Wasatch Front! We are very excited to share this online creative space with all of you.

This year has brought with it a lot of uncertainty. Amidst a global pandemic, an election year, a big Utah earthquake, and more—art is a grounding force that reminds us of our shared humanity.

Art and medicine are both domains in which we, as humans, occupy a state of uncertainty with others. On performance stages and within hospitals, from galleries to operating rooms, dealing with uncertainty is not a solitary escapade— it’s a shared reality.

Good doctors, like masterful painters and stunning ballet dancers, learn how to occupy a zone of uncertainty with other humans. In medicine, like in art, there often is no clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. The dancer must embrace that there is no single correct way to interpret the choreography. The doctor must say ‘I don’t know’ to a patient who’s very fate hinges on the answer to their question.

While uncertainty is prevalent this year, so is our capacity to exist within it. I encourage you to continue to create and seek out connections with others. Our 2020 publication of Rubor is going to press as a I write this—so keep an eye out for the newest edition of Rubor in the weeks to come!


Phoebe Draper
Editor-in-Chief, 2020-2021


Welcome to Rubor, a medical humanities journal at the University of Utah School of Medicine. This literary and arts publication is run by medical students, and submission is open to all. We are grateful to the University of Utah School of Medicine Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, the School of Medicine Office of Admissions, and the Associated Students of the University of Utah for providing financial support for this publication, as well as the University of Utah  Eccles Health Sciences Library for their digital and technologic assistance.


Rubor is an instrument of humanism and a creative forum for the humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine. On behalf of readers and contributors in Salt Lake City, the greater Utah community, and beyond, Rubor seeks to provide a sense of community, belongingness, and expression of humanity, in the context of health and medicine, through its print journal and digital site.

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