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