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About Us

We are VOICES, a literary magazine that publishes creative expressions of students and individuals in the medical community, established and supported at the Duke University School of Medicine.

VOICES was created in 2013 by two medical students, Rui Dai and Anna Brown, off of an idea that everyone’s voices should be heard, especially in healthcare. Since then, it has grown and evolved from a small pdf to a widely-circulated paper publication throughout the medical center, with submissions from patients to medical students to healthcare workers.

We welcome any submissions from patients, healthcare providers, families and friends who would like to share their experiences with healthcare. In the past, VOICES has published articles, essays, short stories, poetry, photography, and drawings. A wide range of topics are encouraged, ranging from global health, medical ethics, medical student experiences, abstract poems, nature photos, and others. Any experience that relates to your life within the medical community, whether direct or indirect, can be represented creatively in our publication.

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Please send submissions for the upcoming issue to For more information, see Submissions.