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Inside Out

Inside Out is an annual art and literary journal that showcases photography, paintings and sketches, short stories, poems and essays by Jefferson students. All Jefferson students are welcome to submit their work to Inside Out.

Announcing the Diversity + Professionalism in Health + Science Essay Prompt


Jefferson Humanities & Health and Inside Out present the Diversity + Professionalism in Health + Science: Short Essay Contest. Jefferson students in all academic programs are invited to reflect on diversity and representation in health and science fields (prompt below).

Submission deadline: November 29, 2020
Learn more and submit here.

Submissions will be read by a panel of students and faculty organized by the Inside Out Editorial team. The first place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and be published in Inside Out, and two honorable mentions will receive a $50 gift card and be reviewed by the formal Inside Out editorial board for publication. Students may receive credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate program for submitting an essay. This contest is open to students in all academic programs.

Questions? Reach out to Inside Out co-editors Benjamin Barnhart and Sophia Lam.

Featured art: "Solitude" by Jasmine Wang

Diversity + Professionalism Essay Prompt

In approximately 500 words, consider and respond to the following:

Students at Jefferson share a common goal of becoming leaders in healthcare and scientific industries.

Unfortunately, widely available data show that STEM and healthcare fields lack diverse and inclusive representation. Black, Hispanic or Latinx, and female populations are underrepresented in public university faculty (Diyi and Koedel, 2017), and publicly funded research and clinical trials utilize data from disproportionately white populations (Popejoy and Fullerton, 2016; Knepper and McLeod, 2018). At the same time, diversity in public health and healthcare fields has been shown to increase access to and quality of healthcare for vulnerable populations and address numerous healthcare disparities (Bouye, McCleary, and Williams, 2016).

In your own words, reflect on the obstacles facing adequate representation and the benefits of diversity and inclusion in STEM and health professions.

Submission deadline: November 29, 2020
Learn more and submit here.


1. Li, Diyi, and Cory Koedel. "Representation and salary gaps by race-ethnicity and gender at selective public universities." Educational Researcher 46, no. 7 (2017): 343-354.
2. Popejoy, Alice B., and Stephanie M. Fullerton. "Genomics is failing on diversity." Nature News 538, no. 7624 (2016): 161.
3. Knepper, Todd C., and Howard L. McLeod. "When will clinical trials finally reflect diversity?." (2018): 157-159.
4. Bouye, Karen E., Karl J. McCleary, and Kevin B. Williams. "Increasing diversity in the health professions: reflections on student pipeline programs." Journal of healthcare, science and the humanities 6, no. 1 (2016): 67.

Interested in submitting your work to Inside Out?

Submission Guidelines

All Jefferson students and medical residents are encouraged to submit prose, poetry, art, and photographs to be considered for the 2021 edition of Inside Out through Submittable. Maximum of four submissions per person. A committee of Jefferson student editors will judge submissions anonymously. 

Deadline to Submit: Monday, February 1, 2021

Would you prefer to play a more curatorial role? Serving on the editorial committee for Inside Out can be counted as credit for the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate! Reach out to Benjamin Barnhart and Sophia Lam for more information about joining the editorial committee.

Thinking of submitting but need to revise your work? Contact Jennifer Wilson at the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication for help with submissions.

Any more questions? Please contact the Inside Out staff advisor, Dorissa Bolinski

Explore past Inside Out editions

Food Observation painting, Zoe Wong

Last year, the work of 34 Jefferson student contributors and an 18-member student editorial team came together to produce Inside Out's unique 2020 edition. Check out the 2020 and 2019 editions below—brimming with the multi-media art and multi-disciplinary writing of curious students. 

Experience Inside Out 2020 here.

Experience Inside Out 2019 here.

Featured art: "Food Observation" by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23 (painting)

Photos from past Inside Out Launch Parties


Photos | TJU Photo Services