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Connective Tissue

Since 2008, Connective Tissue has played an important role in cultivating arts and humanities at the UT Health Science Center. Complimentary copies of the current issue are available in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, located on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Special thanks to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the many donors who make this student-led publication possible.

We are currently accepting submissions for the upcoming issue with expected publication in Spring 2017.

Submissions are due by Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11 PM.
Selections will be made and entrants will be notified no later than Monday, February 6, 2017.


Submission Categories

  • Literature
    prose, poetry, essays, interviews, memoirs, narratives, short stories
  • 55-Word Story
    must be exactly 55 words, may be fiction or non-fiction (see examples published in 2016 issue)
  • Visual Art
    painting, illustration, sculpture, mixed media
  • Photography

General Rules

  • Submissions are welcome from students, faculty, staff, patients, volunteers, and associates
  • Work must be your own and not previously published
  • We encourage submitting pieces related to healthcare, but this is not a prerequisite
  • Visual art should be submitted for review in digital format
  • Written work must be fewer than 2,000 words, and exactly 55 words for the 55-Word Story category
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, with up to three submissions per person (in any category)

The Connective Tissue (CT) Literature & Visual Arts Journal is seeking student volunteers for the 2016-17 selection judging panel. Students from all UTHSCSA schools are encouraged to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to add a more creative component to your medical studies.

Selection panel members review all de-identified submissions in literature and/or visual art categories and submits rank-ordered list to editorial staff. The review/ranking process is done electronically on an individual basis and will take place in mid to late January 2017. You will not be required to attend any group meetings in this role but are encouraged to attend the launch party in April 2017. All selection panel members are recognized in the annual publication. There is currently no limit to the number of selection panel members, requests to participate will be accepted on a rolling basis until Sunday, December 11, 2016.


2016 | Volume 9


 2015 | Volume 8

2014 | Volume 7

2013 | Volume 6

2012 | Volume 5

2011 | Volume 4

2010 | Volume 3

2009 | Volume 2

2008 | Volume 1

Contact Editorial Staff at

Sara Noble
School of Medicine, Class of 2017
Jane Yoon
School of Medicine, Class of 2017

Executive Editor
Hilary Hopkins
School of Medicine, Class of 2019

Director of Design
Lina Mahmood

School of Medicine, Class of 2020

Events Coordinator
Cindy Yang

School of Medicine, Class of 2019

Editorial Staff Members
Elizabeth Chan

School of Nursing, Class of 2017
Alexis Ramos
School of Medicine, Class of 2020
Kelsey Roberts
School of Medicine, Class of 2018

Faculty Advisors
Jerry Winakur, M.D.
Lee Robinson, J.D.
Ruth Berggren, M.D.