Submit to Stethos by March 8

Submissions are open for the 11th issue of Stethos, the medical humanities journal of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. In previous issues, Stethos has provided a forum to showcase the incredible diversity and creativity of our students, faculty and colleagues, and they hope to continue this tradition in our 11th issue. The team is seeking submissions of short fiction, reflective writing, poetry, personal narrative, essays, artwork and photography.

Submissions may be about any medicine-related topic or reflection; if you have a question about a specific topic, please reach out and ask.

We recognize this tumultuous year has inevitably changed the way we interact with others. For this year’s issue, we are also seeking pieces for a feature that speaks to the human connection. We welcome submissions that reflect on unexpected connections made during COVID-19 (i.e., during social distancing or as a result of new patient care practices), as well as how individuals may be making more conscious efforts to understand and connect with patients, colleagues and mentors of diverse backgrounds and identities. 

Please view previous issues of Stethos on our website to see examples of published pieces. 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 8. Please see below for specific submission guidelines.

Please feel free to contact Ellen Brinza, Maleeha Ahmad or any of the Stethos editors with questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Submission Guidelines

Please send submissions using our online form.

  • Up to four submissions per author; please send each submission on a separate form
  • Prose should be less than 2,000 words, submitted in Microsoft Word
  • Poems should be less than 75 lines, submitted in Microsoft Word
  • Submit all photographs and artwork as a jpeg file (we will contact you later for high-quality file format)
  • All photographs and artwork must include a caption
  • Please save the submission/illustration as the title (or abbreviated title) followed by the author's last name. (For the article, "Generic" by Dr. Jones, save as follows: Generic_Jones.doc)

For questions or issues regarding submissions, please contact the editors.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by a student-run editorial board consisting of co-editors and two editors-in-chief. The editorial board will review contributions for originality, style and content.

Patient consent/confidentiality: Our confidentiality policy is based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Please refer to this document with regards to any questions about patient confidentiality. As a rule, authors/artists should protect the confidentiality of all individuals whose personal details may be revealed without their consent.