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Literature, Arts, and Medicine is a student organization at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM), dedicated to promoting and celebrating arts in all forms, fostering a community around creative expression, and providing a forum by which students and faculty can cultivate and showcase their artistic talents.

Founded in 2015, Literature, Arts, and Medicine serves as the creative outlet for members of the School of Medicine and Medical Center communities, through endeavors such as:

  • The Cultural Series, a bimonthly showcase featuring artistic works by Vanderbilt students, housestaff, faculty, and employees. Past events have featured instrumental and vocal performances, literary readings, displays of visual arts, and other pursuits in creative self-expression.
  • Tabula Rasa and Post-Call, the official literary journals of the School of Medicine and Medical Center, featuring essays, short stories, poems, and more.



Vishesh Jain
Rebekka DePew
Chair, Publications
Rochelle Wong
Chair, VUMC Outreach & Webmaster
Michael Raddatz
Chair, Finances
Henry Quach
Raymond Zhou
Chair, Cultural Series
Al Valmadrid
Chair, VU Outreach
Daniel Birchmore
Faculty Advisor


Faculty Literature, Arts, and Medicine Group: Elizabeth Barone, Daniel Birchmore, Brenda Butka, Kate Celauro, Bill Cutrer, Douglas Hanto, Doug Hester, Bruce Jennings, Kathleen Keck, Cindy Khoury, Keith Meador, Lauren Mitchell, Scott Pearson, Greg Plemmons, and Julie Sumner.

Founding Editors: Michelle Izmaylov (M.D. ’17), Samantha Gridley (M.D. ’17)