At the Intersection of Compassion and Medicine

La Monica Everett-Haynes

Harmony magazine, a publication of the UA Medical Humanities Program, is a visual arts and literary journal featuring images, prose, and poetry reflecting the experiences of students, faculty, staff, and patients of the Arizona Health Sciences Center. 

“A reflective writing program is now a part of the medical humanities curriculum for all students,” says Ersilia Anghel, a UA College of Medicine student and editor of Harmony. “We provide opportunities for humanistic and reflective work to be applied to the practice of medicine. Our students have deeper and more humanistic careers which include compassion and its effect on medicine.” 

In Harmony, artists connect the knowledge-driven practice of medicine to the human response to health and illness, fear and love, anger and hope, loss and death. 

“We encourage people to share and to be open about the fact that having creative, reflective experiences invites a very profound and very distinct way of perceiving the world,” Anghel says.

Harmony magazine is now in its 10th year of publication.