HEAL stands for Humanism Evolving Through Arts and Literature. Bringing together writing and art from a variety of sources HEAL acts as a platform where medical students share their growth and development, where faculty and staff impart their knowledge gained from experience, and where members of the community express how health and healing have impacted their lives, so that when viewed together may promote humanism. HEAL strives to bridge the growing gap between patients and their providers while hoping to produce a meaningful creative outlet to those who participate in the publication of its bi-monthly newsletter and annual literary journal. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community affiliated with the FSU COM are encouraged to submit their art and literary works. For each group, HEAL serves a different purpose.


Focus and Scope

The following submissions will be considered for acceptance:

  1. Forms of Literary Expression (Fiction or Non-Fiction) such as Narrative, Essay, or Poetry. Submissions should be less than 3000 words, and should center on the human condition. Topics may include, but are not limited to: medicine, illness, healing, aging, pain, emotion, etc. Special consideration will be given to pieces that tell stories of inspiration.
  2. Artwork or Photography: All artwork and photography should be submitted in digital format (JPEG). Scanned images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Art/Photography entries should seek to inspire the viewer.  Artwork cannot be larger than 20mb.
  3. Music: Currently we are able to publish lyrics, and we are able to publish original compositions on our website.

Publication Frequency

Individual issues of the journal will be published quaterly. The journal will be scheduled for print publication once annually.  It will consist of the works published in the online issues as well as specific works commissioned for the annual print publication.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


HEAL is sponsored by the Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health and the Department Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sources of Support

HEAL is supported by the Florida State University College of Medicine, the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health.