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Keith Jacobs -“Waiting in the Wings”

Dr. Peter Somers, Ph.D.-“Let There Be Blood”

Dr. John Benitez -“Inner Space”

May 24, 2011

SIU Med School Publishes Annual SCOPE Magazine

The eighteenth annual edition of SCOPE literary magazine has been published by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Produced each year by SIU medical students, this edition of SCOPE contains 33 short stories, poems, paintings and photographs submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School.  The issue was introduced during recent readings of the best works at the medical school and at the Vachel Lindsey home, both in Springfield.

Prizes were awarded to the top three entries in the categories of poetry, prose and visual art.  The winners, selected by the editorial staff, received small monetary awards.

First-place poetry winner was Sumi Rubeiro, second-year medical student from Nashville, Tenn., for “East-End Women.”  Second-place winner was Dr. Craig Maddox, dermatologist in El Paso, Texas, and class of 2003, for “The Sneez That I Snuzz!”   Third-place winner was Amber May, third-year medical student from Lindenhurst, for “Study Date.”        

The first-place prose winner was Marie Vera, first-year medical student from Dayton, Ohio, for “i am pissed.”  Second-place winner was Dr. John Grace, psychiatrist in Crystal River, Fla., and class of 2000, for “Quick Thinking.”  Third-place winner was Joseph Butler, first-year medical student from McLeansboro, for “Crosshairs.”  

The first-place visual art award was presented to Keith Jacobs, first-year medical student from Alameda, Calif., for his painting “Waiting in the Wings,” which was featured on the cover of this year’s edition of SCOPE.  Second-place winner was Dr. Peter Somers, Ph.D., family physician in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and class of 2000, for “Let There Be Blood.”  Third-place winner was Dr. John Benitez, physician in Arrington, Tenn., and class of 1981, for “Inner Space.”        

The People’s Choice Award from an exhibit at the medical school of SCOPE visual art submissions went to Benitez for “Morning Reflections.”

Amelia Frank, second-year medical student from Springfield, and Jamie Truscott, second-year medical student from Trenton, served as editors-in-chief of SCOPE.  Associate editors are Lisa Boucek, first-year medical student from Champaign, and Cathy Yu, first-year medical student from Springfield.  Layout editor is Adam Andruska, fourth-year student from Marine.     

Review editors are Keisha Powell, second-year medical student from Chicago; Marie Vera, first-year medical student from Dayton, Ohio; and Kate Sanserino, first-year medical student from Ft. Wayne Ind.  Publicity editors are Jeffrey Hubbard, second-year student from Houston, Texas; Carolyn Roloff, first-year medical student from Urbana; and Keith Jacobs, first-year medical student from Alameda, Calif.  Poetry/prose editors are Amber May, third-year student from Lindenhurst; Jehu Strange, third-year student from South Pekin; Tolu Oke, second-year student from Nigeria; and Powell.    The art editors are Tim Ade, second-year student from Moline; Sara Ros, first-year student from Winnetka; and Sonal Patel, first-year student from Troy.  Reading/reception coordinators are Frank; Truscott; Emily Snyder, second-year student from Peoria; Tyler Vaughn, third-year student from Ottawa; and Kate Richards Endicott, fourth-year student from Wood River.

Staff advisors for SCOPE are Karen Carlson, publications coordinator, and Jim Hawker, photographer, both in external and health affairs.  Faculty advisors are Phillip Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of medical humanities in Springfield, and Nancy Henry, D.V.M., instructor in anatomy. 

Previous SCOPE editions are posted online and the new edition will be added to the site at  Copies are available by contacting Carlson at SIU External Affairs, 217-545-0870 weekdays or  Submissions for the 2012 edition of SCOPE will be accepted October - December 2011.

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