The National Academy of Medicine’s traveling art exhibit, “Expressions of Clinician Well-Being,” will be on display beginning March 6 in the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center at 7440 Cambridge St. in Houston in connection with UTHealth School of Dentistry's Behind the Smile II” storytelling event on March 6. The display will be up through March 8. 

The academy recently called on 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? 

The call drew a robust response, and a panel of reviewers chose 100 works of art to be displayed in a digital gallery, and 10 pieces for the traveling exhibit that is coming to Houston. 

Among those who responded to the call for entries were UTHealth dental students Anacristina Chapa, DonBosco Dan and Tyler Nguyen. With support from Associate Professor Shalizeh Patel, DDS, and Dean John Valenza, DDS, the students submitted a video of an original poem (authored by Chapa).  She was one of three artists chosen to present their work at a meeting of NAM’s Action Collaborative in 2018.