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SIU Med School Community Display Artistic Side

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 Southern Illinois UnivSCOPEersity School of Medicine unveiled the 24th annual edition of SCOPE, a literary magazine produced each year by SIU medical students. This edition of SCOPE contains 41 short stories, poems and pieces of artwork submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the school. First published in 1994, SCOPE exemplifies the artistic and creative energy of the SIU Medicine community. The 2017 issue was introduced at a recent reception at the school.

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.

The first-place poetry winner was Christine Todd, MD, department chair and associate professor of Medical Humanities and Internal Medicine, for “The Dead Man in Question.” Second-place winner was Asmita Dhukwa, graduate student in pharmacology, for “Kintsukuroi.” Third-place winner was Sarah Johnson of Springfield for “Getting Away with It.”         

The first-place prose winner was Andrianna Stephens, a third-year medical student from Maple Heights, Ohio, for “Night Call.” The second-place prose award winner was Vincent Thomalla, MD, pediatric urologist in Marshfield, Wisc. and alumnus from the Class of 1979, for his story “Appreciation.” Juliet Bradley, MD, a family physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and alumnus from the Class of 1997, received the third-place award for “Writing It All Down.”

The first-place visual art award was presented to Mary Corrigan Stjern, a retired SIU School of Medicine employee from Loami, for her pastel painting “Calm Winter Night,” which is featured on the cover of this year’s SCOPE. The second-place winner was Joe Clemons, a fourth-year medical student from Carbondale, for his acrylic painting “Made a Bet That Someone Would Lose the Election, Now I Have to Make a Poster,” which was also selected by Dean and Provost Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, to receive the Dean’s Choice Award. Third-place winner was Dr. Thomalla for his colored pencil drawing “Heralds of Spring: Wild Turkeys.”

Additionally, Kevin Hascup, PhD, research associate at the SIU Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, received the People’s Choice Award for his photograph “Sunset Inside La Sagrada Familia.”

Second-year medical students Karie Schwertman from Edwardsville and Stephen Williams from Washington served as editors-in-chief of SCOPE. Art editor was Joe Clemons. Review editor was Allen Ghareeb, third-year medical student from Dunlap. Review staff included Yuri Fedorovich, a third-year medical student from Marion; Breck Jones, a year-two post-graduate student in neurosurgery from Equality; Krista McEwan, a second-year medical student from Roosevelt, NY; and Andrianna Stephens.

All SCOPE editions, including the new edition, are posted online at Contact Steve Sandstrom, SIU Public Relations and Communications, 217-545-5616 weekdays or, for additional copies. Submissions for the 2018 edition of SCOPE will be accepted October - January 2018.


Schedule an interview or request more information by contacting SIU Medicine's Office of Public Relations and Communications at or 217-545-3854.

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