If you are anything like me, the rigors of an education in any realm of health care can at times exhaust the core, humanistic ideals that originally attracted us to choose a career that serves others. The idea that your work is solely to improve the lives of others is clouded by the demands to get higher grades, impress the folks around you, or satisfy the checkpoints that allow progression and acceptance. In 2007, Dr. Laurie Green, a former Brody medical student, and a few peers dreamt an idea to transcend this phenomenon – through art.
type.cast, the student-run art and literary magazine of the ECU health sciences campus, is an annual publication that showcases the artistic and literary talents of students and faculty. You may have seen the magazines on coffee tables throughout your school or noticed the display on the second floor of Laupus Library. Formerly, type.cast was limited to the School of Medicine. Recently, the magazine has grown and now includes works from all over the health sciences division.
In addition to becoming more inclusive, type.cast has expanded to include an impressive judging panel for selected pieces. This year, the works were judged by 19 esteemed faculty members who have acknowledged the importance of art in the field of medicine. The magazine itself has grown to more than 40 pages of quality photos, original fine art, jewelry, and literary works of students and faculty from the ECU health sciences campus. To celebrate the progress, type.cast and Laupus Library have teamed to host an official launch party of the publication at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31.. The fourth floor of Laupus will buzz with artistic expression, accompanied by wine and cheese, as the seventh edition will be revealed alongside a gallery of the art and literary pieces included in this year’s publication. Everyone is invited to drop by.
The volume and degree of academic talent in the ECU health science campus impresses many. Invariably, students and faculty possess other talents that deserve to be showcased. I believe type.cast serves this role well while also uniting what can sometimes be a disjointed campus. This year’s edition reveals the common threads of human existence. Through its four chapters of “Flow,” “Grow,” “Breathe,” and “Create,” Edition VII explores the ubiquitous necessity of water for life, the miracle of growth, the rhythm of each breath taken by humans, and the amazing innovations of man.
Endeavors such as type.cast allow a university campus to unite and celebrate our similarities and diversities. As we are all focused on improving the quality of life of our fellow man, it is my hope that Edition VII of type.cast instills a glimpse of inspiration in each member of the health sciences community. Hippocrates probably said it best: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”
Dylan Suttle, MS3, The Brody School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, type.cast Edition VII
Want to find out more about type.cast? Follow us on twitter at @typecastBSOM or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to submit your work for next year’s edition? Keep an eye out for flyers and information this fall.
The type.cast Edition VII Launch Party will be held on Monday, March 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of Laupus Library.