Artist Statement

This paper is a reflection on the interconnectedness of teachers and physician healers. Still, it identifies lessons that physicians can learn from educators in our lives and the importance of integrating these tools into how we teach patients about medicine.

About the Artist

I am Tara McKenna, a first-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University - KPCOM. My journey to becoming a physician has been arduous and, at times, seemingly impossible. Yet, I am here today because I want to help make my future patients feel seen and heard during their most vulnerable moments. This is the first artistic work that I have ever written and submitted. Nevertheless, it felt like the perfect opportunity to express my passion and gratitude for the teachers who have touched my life. I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a B.S. in Medical Diagnostics and a minor in Art History. I received my M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics in 2020 from Georgetown University.