When the National Academy of Medicine hosted a pop-up art exhibition to collect insights from around the country on clinician burnout and well-being, UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston students Anacristina Chapa, DonBosco Dan and Tyler Nguyen put Chapa’s original poem on video and sent it in, with support from faculty sponsor Shalizeh Patel, DDS, and Dean John Valenza, DDS.

The project won recognition in Washington, D.C., where Chapa was one of three artists chosen to present their work at a meeting of NAM’s Action Collaborative in May. The Expressions of #ClinicianWellBeing Exhibition includes 30 works of art, with 100 to be in a permanent online gallery.

Chapa authored the poem; Dan produced the video; Nguyen composed the music. Dan is a third-year dental student, while Chapa and Nguyen are second-year students.

Patel first noticed the competition when the National Academy of Medicine sent out a nationwide call for artists of all skills and abilities to submit artwork that expresses how clinicians, their loved ones, patients, and organizations experience and are affected by clinician burnout and well-being.  Artists were asked to answer the question, “What does clinician well-being look, feel, and sound like to you?”

A panel of reviewers drawn from NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience selected artwork for the pop-up exhibition.  Artwork from the exhibition will begin a traveling show in summer 2018. More information is available from the National Academy of Medicine.