2021 White Coat Warm HeART

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Information for White Coat Warm Heart HeART 2022 will be available later this winter

A Streetcar named 504 By Philiz Goh MN, U of T
A Streetcar named 504 By Philiz Goh MN,  U of T

Scene of one of Toronto's iconic streetcars. Once risen so often and packed, but now just a memory due to lockdowns from the Pandemic. Art for me allows me to express what I am experiencing from the world around me - and right now, it is COVID-19 that is affecting every aspect of our lives.

Behind the Mask By Dr. Cyrus McEachern Anaesthesiologist, Vancouver
Behind the Mask By Dr. Cyrus McEachern Anaesthesiologist, Vancouver

Anesthesiologists have the highest rate of suicide amongst physician specialties. During this global pandemic, more than ever, it has been a struggle to keep the stresses of our workplace from soiling our personal lives and mental health. These photos are an illustration of the burden we carry with us both at work and home.

Behind the Mask By Dr. Cyrus McEachern Anaesthesiologist, Vancouver
Behind the Mask By Dr. Cyrus McEachern Anaesthesiologist, Vancouver

Anesthesiologists have the highest rate of suicide amongst physician specialties. During this global pandemic, more than ever, it has been a struggle to keep the stresses of our workplace from soiling our personal lives and mental health. These photos are an illustration of the burden we carry with us both at work and home.

Bipolar Disorder By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston
Bipolar Disorder By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston

Bipolar disorder is characterized by the alternating phases of depression and mania. The background of the canvas is painted in vibrant colours depicting grandiosity, racing thoughts, heightened pleasurable activities, and pressured speech. The figure in black represents the phase of depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and anhedonia. The dancing pose is the realization of being caught in the chronicity of the disease yet trying to live through the relapses and remissions.

Blooming Artifacts By Csila Egri MSI4, UBC
Blooming Artifacts By Csila Egri MSI4, UBC

Part of a large series of radiology inspired art, a literal take on words. Blooming artifact (or magnetic susceptibility artifact) is a term used in MR imaging, when hemorrhage or blood products results in field in homogeneity.

Blurred By Dr. Sylva Falk PGY1 Dalhousie
Blurred By Dr. Sylva Falk PGY1 Dalhousie

This piece was created using perler beads and digital media. It depicts an anatomical heart somewhat blurred and reflects how navigating a pandemic has affected me.

Can you hear me now? By Jessy Sidhu MSI1, UBC
Can you hear me now? By Jessy Sidhu MSI1, UBC

Medical professionals often witness or experience serious trauma while providing care, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, this emotional burden has reached a new intensity. Burnout is a real phenomenon, and too often physicians repress how they feel due to the unremitting demands of their work. This piece depicts this struggle with self-expression and the almost magical release that comes with listening to the music and vitality of one’s own heart sounds and voicing the truth that lies within.

Cardiovascular Impressions by Aldea Wood MSI1, UBC
Cardiovascular Impressions by Aldea Wood MSI1, UBC

The heart is often artistically expressed in isolation. I chose to depict the heart in situ—with lungs, diaphragm, phrenic nerves and great vessels—as it is in life inextricably connected to its surroundings. The image was carved onto two blocks and printed in layers, echoing how we learn, building a base of knowledge and layering details over top.

Cardioversion Restoring a normal rhythm By Sanya Jacob MSI1, UBC
Cardioversion Restoring a normal rhythm By Sanya Jacob MSI1, UBC

In this fast-paced journey in medicine, I’ve often felt like a hummingbird flapping to stay afloat, tachycardic with my efforts to keep up. Just as cardioversion restores a life-sustaining rhythm and the flowers nourish the hummingbird, the people and passions in my life help me strike the balance I need not just to survive but to thrive.

Dementia By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston
Dementia  By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston

An aging brain is represented in brown along with the orange sunset phase of human life. An elderly couple experiences a transition in their relationship from a healthy lifestyle to that of a person diagnosed with dementia and a caregiver. The bird metaphorically describes the fading memories and the puzzle in the backdrop is missing some pieces. Such individuals are lost twice, once when they fail to recognize their family and a second time when they pass away.

Exhale By Dr. Angela Ho Psychiatrist, U of T
Exhale By Dr. Angela Ho Psychiatrist, U of T

"Exhale" was a humble ending to 2020. Let us exhale. Breathe. Listen. Love. Give way to light, truth, and life. colour blots creative launched in 2018 as an outlet for exploring colours, shapes, and techniques involving acrylic paint.

For the Children separated from their parents By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
For the Children separated from their parents By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

Leaves of Love and Hope collected from the Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, and dedicated to the children separated from their families over seven generations by the Canadian Government and placed in residential schools, and to the children separated from their parents at the border by the US Government.

Head in the clouds by Kay Wu MSI2, McMaster
Head in the clouds by Kay Wu MSI2, McMaster

I created this particular piece as the COVID-19 pandemic began to make its way across Canada. As it was still in its early stages in this country, I was attending school and activities in person and was surrounded by talk and the hope that it could not be that bad. I felt a sense of detachment from the tragedies occurring in other places around the world; they were saddening, but I was still living in my own bubble, in my reality. It was a strange feeling.

Heroes of the COVID unit VGH By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
Heroes of the COVID unit VGH By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

When the Science of Medicine with ECMO meets the caring and compassionate Art of Medicine to save lives on the COVID unit at Vancouver General Hospital. ECMO stands for Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation but could also stand for Ever Compassionate Medical Optimism, thanks to the dedication of our frontline healthcare workers epitomized by the caring nurse-specialist portrayed in my drawing.

Heroes of the COVID Ward Maria Pia Hospital by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
Heroes of the COVID Ward Maria Pia Hospital  by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

Drawing the COVID-19 ward of Maria Pia Hospital in Turin in my studio on April 28th allowed me to spend a few hours in quiet reflection on the National Day Of Mourning, a day that could never been more meaningful, as we remembered and honored those who had lost their lives or been injured from their time in the workplace.

Humanities in Healthcare By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston
Humanities in Healthcare By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston

An aging brain is represented in brown along with the orange sunset phase of human life. An elderly couple experiences a transition in their relationship from a healthy lifestyle to that of a person diagnosed with dementia and a caregiver. The bird metaphorically describes the fading memories and the puzzle in the backdrop is missing some pieces. Such individuals are lost twice, once when they fail to recognize their family and a second time when they pass away.

In memory of George Floyd by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
In memory of George Floyd by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

On May 25th one of the darkest days of 2020 George Floyd was murdered by asphyxiation for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This barbaric criminal act resulted in demonstrations across America and around the world and highlighted so many other crimes against the black population by rogue police officers including Breana Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Eric Garner and so many more.

Marching for Equality Justice and Freedom By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
Marching for Equality Justice and Freedom By Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

Inspired by words of President Obama and in support of those marching for Equality, Justice and Freedom in New York and across America on June 19th, including in Vancouver. “Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there’s cause to hope for tomorrow’s light” Barack Obama, 2016.

New Morning By Nancy Duan MSI4, UBC
New Morning By Nancy Duan MSI4, UBC

During difficult times, it helps to be reminded that one day, there will be a new morning to look forward to.

Opthalmology By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston
Opthalmology By Dr. Amrita Pannu Physician, Kingston

This quilling* art frame represents the intricate human eye in an artistic manner. The periphery portrays the traits of the aspirants of ophthalmology as a field of medicine. The various qualities include perseverance, hard work, adaptability, honesty, and intelligence. The symbol of embracing life in maroon colour signifies the work-life balance and the ability to deliver good and bad news in the best interest of the patients. [*Quilling: or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

Patient Centered Care by Dr. Michiko Maruyama PGY2, U of C
Patient Centered Care by Dr. Michiko Maruyama  PGY2, U of C

As physicians and healthcare workers, we must remember the challenges that patients face both physically and mentally. This artwork represents the concept of "Patient Centered Care" where members of the healthcare team surround and support the patient.

September 22 The day 200,000 deaths were recorded in USA by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver
September 22 The day 200,000 deaths were recorded in USA by Dr. Andrew Seal Surgeon, Vancouver

My art often responds to world events whether tragic or uplifting. 2020 was a year like no other and this year’s submissions reflect that; from all the heroes that have inspired us; to the demonstrations for justice and racial equality; to the knowledge children separated at the border are yet to be united with their parents.

The Dancers By Kash Gwiazda MSI1, UBC
The Dancers By Kash Gwiazda MSI1, UBC

A healthy heart is nimble, light on its feet, and ready to react to what the body needs – like a dancer. Psychosocial stress impedes this ability, pushing the heart into a rigid, fight-or-flight rhythm. This image represents the beauty, liberation, health, and pure joy of living authentically, free of stigma.

Trabeculae Carnae By Julia Veidt MSI1, UBC
Trabeculae Carnae By Julia Veidt MSI1, UBC

I was inspired by the intricate muscular structures inside of the ventricles.

Tribute to 2020 By Dr. Ioana Bratu Paediatric General Surgeon, U of A
Tribute to 2020 By Dr. Ioana Bratu Paediatric General Surgeon,  U of A

Encaustic made from a flowering Queen Victoria Agave plant that blooms once in 35 years and .. then .. it sadly dies. I had to do something with the pods and honour such an unique plant. Inspired by the front cover of Nature with COVID19 watercolor of Dr. Goodsell [*Encaustic painting* aka "hot wax painting", using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added]