National Academy of Medicine

Expressions of Clinician Well-Being

An Art Exhibition


The National Academy of Medicine is calling on artists of all kinds to explore what clinician burnout, clinician well-being, and clinician resilience looks, feels and sounds like to people across the country. 


Submit your artwork

Submission deadline: February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT

Clinician well-being is essential for safe, high-quality patient care.

Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to—in the most extreme cases—medical error and clinician suicide. On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patient-clinician relationships, a high-functioning care team, and an engaged and effective workforce. In other words, when we invest in the well-being of clinicians—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, medical trainees, and more—everyone wins.

Supporting clinician well-being requires sustained attention and action at organizational, state, and national levels, as well as investment in research and information-sharing to advance evidence-based solutions. More broadly, sustained change requires diverse, collective action and the experiences and voices of many.    

Use any art form to show us what clinician burnout, clinician resilience and/or well-being means to you. Whether it’s a depiction of how you de-stress from a busy day, how you feel when taking care of patients, or a picture of your favorite clinician, show us—what does clinician well-being look, feel, and sound like to you? Everyone has a stake in this issue—what’s yours?

The well-being of our clinicians impacts everyone. This art show will promote greater awareness and understanding of barriers to clinician well-being—and solutions that promise a brighter future. 

Your art could be featured in a permanent online gallery and/or an in-person show hosted by the National Academy of Medicine in May 2018.

Submission deadline: February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT


Submit your artwork

  • Visual and nonvisual art, such as music and creative writing, are welcome. Accepted mediums include drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media, murals, collage, sculpture, film, poetry, digital art, performance art, and more. Please provide clear photographs of all visual artwork, from multiple angles or showing close-up detail as appropriate. Creative writing should be submitted in PDF format, and performance art or music should be submitted in video format. Video submissions should be submitted via YouTube or Vimeo link. Please do not send us the original file. If you do not have a YouTube of Vimeo account, please email Kyra Cappelucci at 
  • You may submit previously-existing artwork, such as a community art installation, as long as you are the original artist or have formal permission from the artist to submit their work for this project.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form which includes a brief written explanation of how your artwork relates to clinician burnout, clinician resilience, clinician well-being, or the journey from burnout to well-being. 
  • Your brief written explanation should be no longer than 300 words and should be written in complete sentences. 
  • By submitting your artwork for this project, you are granting non-exclusive lifetime permission for the NAM to display, publish, and share your artwork in digital and print formats. This includes the written explanation you submit with your work. Full credit will always be given to the artist, and copyright will remain with the artist. Artwork submitted for this project will not be reproduced for purchase or profit.
  • Individuals and groups may participate. Limit three submissions per person/group.
  • Artists under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
  • Non-English-language submissions are encouraged. If you need help to understand these instructions, please contact Kyra at
  • The NAM reserves the right not to display, publish, or share submissions that are not responsive to the prompt or contain inappropriate language or themes.
  • We cannot accept artwork that includes logos/branding of companies or organizations. Please exclude all logos from your submission before submitting. 

Below are questions to help spark your creativity! These questions are provided as examples only; your submission does not necessarily need to answer one of these questions.

  • If you had the opportunity, how would you express your gratitude to a clinician who provided excellent care to you or a loved one?
  • Who has made a difference in your care? How did that clinician make you feel?
  • What was your “turning point” in clinician well-being? When did you first start thinking about clinician burnout and well-being? Was there an experience before that turning point that made you think about well-being? How has your life changed since then?
  • How do you feel on your worst days versus your best days? What factors affect this?
  • How do you support your loved one(s) in taking steps toward achieving a state of well-being?
  • How have your loved one’s experience(s) with burnout and well-being affected you?
  • How does your organization/team/work unit create an atmosphere that supports well-being?
  • Why does clinician well-being matter to you? Why should it matter to others? 

A panel of reviewers drawn from participants of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience will evaluate entries for creativity and responsiveness to the prompt.

Selected submissions, including the artist’s name and written explanation, will be displayed in a digital gallery on the NAM website (  Additionally, selected entries will be chosen for display at a live gallery show during an NAM meeting in May 2018, with several artists invited to attend to present their work to policy makers and national health leaders during the meeting.

If your piece is chosen for display at the live gallery show, we will contact you by March 31, 2018.

Please contact Kyra Cappelucci at with any questions.

About the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

This project is a part of the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience which aims to improve baseline understanding, raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout, and elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver. To learn more, visit

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