Medical students at Marshall University publish second edition of creative works

“Aenigma Medicorum,” an annual literary and art review by medical students at the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine contains dozens of submissions about life and death as seen through the eyes of medical students and physicians.

The 56-page booklet, which was financially supported through the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, aims to give creative voice to health care providers through writings like poetry and short stories as well as photography.

The book’s executive editor, Sarah Slocum, a fourth-year medical student, says the publication is an attempt to strengthen the medical school community by reaffirming commitment to the human experience and clinical excellence.

“As providers, we do our best to connect with our patients on several levels,” Slocum said. “Our experiences creating art, whether it be visual, written or aural, allow us another opportunity to better relate with the people around us.”

Submissions are made in the fall, reviewed by a student advisory board and selected for publication after assistance from faculty advisors.  Submissions for the 2015 edition may be emailed to

Complimentary printed copies of the current edition are available at the Office of Student Affairs in the Byrd Clinical Center and the Office of Medical Education on the third floor of the  Marshall University Medical Center. It may be viewed digitally at