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Connective Tissue

Since 2008, Connective Tissue has played an important role in cultivating arts and humanities at the UT Health San Antonio. Complimentary copies of the current issue are available in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, located on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library, room 4.042.

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

Deadline January 13, 2019

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 2018-19 selection judging panel. Those interested can apply here. Students from all UT Health San Antonio 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 2019. You will not be required to attend any group meetings in this role but are encouraged to attend the launch party in April 2019. 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.

2018 | Volume 11

2017 | Volume 10

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

Editorial Staff
Hye Ryung (Cindy) Yang (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Hilary Hopkins (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Alexis Ramos
Lina Mahmood

Faculty Advisors
Kristy Kosub, M.D.
Ruth Berggren, M.D.