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Submission Title

Restoring Balance

Artist Statement

As a medical student who has received half of their education during the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to portray the internal struggle of medical providers in trying to care for the sick and disabled. A great deal is expected of doctors in this day and age. That stress of expectations versus the innate desire to help others led me to write this poem.

About the Artist

At the time of publishing this poem, Daniel Villanueva is a third-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University – Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Theatre from the University of Miami, Daniel sought his medical education from an osteopathic medical school for their holistic approach to patient care. He currently has an interest in pursuing a specialization in Physiatry and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

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