SIU Medicine community displays artistic side

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27th annual edition of Scope published

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine unveiled the 2020 edition of SCOPE, a literary magazine produced each spring by SIU medical students. The new volume contains more than 40 poems, short stories and pieces of artwork submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the school. First published in 1994, Scope showcases the artistic and creative energy of the SIU Medicine community.

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 monetary awards.

The first-place poetry winner was C. Leslie Smith, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine, for her poem on loss, “L & M.” Second-place winner was Cynda Strong, a Springfield community member, for the poem “Its Days Are Numbered.” The third-place winner was Madison Kauffman, a community member, for “Be the Change.”  

The first-place prose winner was Ashay Vaidya, a third-year medical student from Bloomington, for his suspenseful short story, “The Cadaver.” The second-place prose award went to Marie Vera, a community member, for her story “El Paso Doble.” Sumi Rubeiro, MD, a third-year psychiatry resident at SIU and alumna from the Class of 2017, received the third-place award for “Music, End of All Graces.”

The first-place visual art award was presented to Glen Aylward, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at SIU Medicine, for his acrylic painting “Parkinson’s.” Aylward’s art is featured on the cover of this year’s SCOPE. The second-place winner was Peter Somers, MD, a family physician from Linn Creek, Missouri, for his giclée photo print “We Can.” Somers is an alumnus from the Class of 2000. Third-place winner was Trinity Dvorak, a community member, for her pencil drawing “Rihanna.”  {Read the winning artists’ statements here.]

Third-year medical student Stephanie Short from Murphysboro served as editor-in-chief of Scope.

The current and past editions of the magazine are available online at Contact Kristie Parkins, Medical Humanities, 217.545.4262 for hard copies.

Submissions for the 2021 edition of SCOPE are now being accepted at

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