The Human Condition

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The Human Condition, the annual art and literary magazine of the UCSD School of Medicine was borne of the imaginative stories written by medical students in the elective "The Good Doctor: The Works of Anton Checkhov." It is a forum for the creative work of medical students, residents, and faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine.

Medicine teaches us much about biological life and how to prolong it. However, we must not forget in the midst of the curriculum why one should live or what it means to live well. As a reminder of these central ideas and the art that resides in the medicine, we are proud to present The Human Condition.

Call for Submissions:

Dear UC San Diego SOM Community,

The Human Condition is accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of the magazine!

The Human Condition is an annual literary arts magazine dedicated to showcasing creative endeavors of the UCSD community and promoting artistic and humanistic ventures. We encourage submissions from all members of the UCSD SOM community.

For photography and art pieces

Your entries can be from anywhere and any time. Send in your colorful pictures, paintings, and drawings!

For prose and poetry pieces

Your entry can be anything - a short story, a journal entry, an experience in the wards/clinics, etc. Submissions do not have to be medical or clinical. We want to showcase your creativity! Submissions also do not need to be final drafts, as we will work with you to refine your entries. 

FOR Audio submissions (NEW this Year!)

We plan to incorporate audio submissions in this year's magazine using QR codes linked to Spotify! If you would like to submit an original song, a cover, spoken word poetry, etc., please upload your submission to Spotify and generate a QR Code by following instructions here: You can then submit the QR code through our usual Google form (below). If you are having technical difficulties with this process, please submit the audio file directly.

For all submissions

Please upload your submission(s) using the Google form found here.  

Make sure your submission file is titled "Lastname_Firstname_MS#_Title of Piece" with title capitalization and spaces EXACTLY how you would like them to appear in the magazine!

The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2022. 

If you have any questions, please email us at

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Thank you,
The Human Condition Editors

The Human Condition 2020 Virtual Art Show is available to stream here