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Synapses 2020 Digital Release

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Each spring, CMS hosts a salon and reception to celebrate the release of our annual creative journal, Synapses. In light of the current "social distancing" efforts brought on by COVID-19, we are moving this year's celebration online. On this page you can view a digital gallery of selected art and photography from the 2020 volume and watch a series of pre-recorded poetry readings, art discussions, and other presentations by student and faculty authors and artists.

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Welcome from Dean Chatterjee

Archana Chatterjee, Dean of Chicago Medical School; Vice President for Medical Affairs, RFU

Art Feature: Swabna Shanmugiavelayutham, CMS '20

Swabna Discusses her artwork "Mednica"

Photography Feature: Melissa Chen, MD, CMS Faculty

Dr. Chen Discusses "keep going" and other Photography Submissions

Non-Fiction Feature: Sidharth Mahapatra, MD '09, PhD '07

Dr. Mahapatra Discusses "Sammy" and other writings

Poetry Feature: Sophia Falmagne, CMS '22

Sophia reads her poem "Automobile-space"

Poetry Reading MP3's

Mervyn Sahud, MD '64

"Winter Oak Pond"


Leo Kelly, MD, CMS Faculty

"A Walk on the Bluff"



We thank everyone who made the journal and this virtual event possible!

Synapses Online Gallery Exhibit

Below you will find a selection of the fine art and photography submissions published in the 2020 Volume of Synapses. Click on the Artist's Statement beneath each work to see the full-size image and read more details.