The Human Condition

2018 Human Condition Cover, child splashing in water

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.

Dear UC San Diego SOM Community,

The Human Condition Magazine team is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 2020 edition of The Human Condition.

The Human Condition is an annual literary arts magazine dedicated to showcasing creative endeavors of the UCSD community and strives to promote artistic and humanistic ventures. We encourage submissions from all members of the UCSD SOM community including students, residents, faculty and staff.

For photography and art pieces

Your entries can be from anywhere and any time. Send in your colorful pictures 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. They do not have to be medical or clinical. We want to showcase your creativity! They also do not need to be in their final draft, as we will work with you to refine your entries.

For all submissions

  • Include your name
  • Your contact information
  • SOM status (MS1-4, faculty, staff, etc)
  • The category of submission (i.e. prose, poetry, artwork, or photography)
  • The title of your piece
  • Name your submission attachments as Lastname_Firstname_SOMstatus_TitleOfPiece.
  • Send your submissions to,

The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2020. If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you,
The Human Condition Editors