I truly believe that one innate characteristic of all human beings is to create and do something useful with their minds and hands. I feel exceedingly grateful that my job allows me to do that with great liberty. But I also know that in the practice of medicine these days, the freedom to act in the best interest of the patient in the manner you want is often limited by regulations, policies, time and energy. Additionally, there is often no guarantee that the labor you put into treatment and caring will result in a recognizable and desirable outcome. What's a physician to do to deal with a frustration like that?
Lately, I have been discovering that more and more physicians turn to the arts as an outlet for their creative urges. Whether photography, sculpture, music, woodworking or underwater basket weaving (are you still with me?), the discipline of learning an art form that leaves you open possibilities can liberate the mind and soul, relieving stress, and bringing great satisfaction even if it never goes on display and (maybe especially if it never does.) Being able to actually call something complete brings great catharsis.
Because of this, ACMS has decided to host an Art Show this spring to allow its members to display some of their craft work. Taste and Talk about Wine and Art will be held April 7th at Cinder Wines and the event is a fund raiser for the ACMS Foundation to support our recently launched Physician Vitality Program.
We are now soliciting entries for display from our members (not spouses or kids, just original creations from members). Art pieces may be donated to the Foundation for a silent auction or just loaned for display. In fact, Cinder Wines has a rotating art exhibit area and we are privileged to be able to leave some of the pieces up for three months for the public to see. Selected artists will be invited to share with attendees about their work both on opening night to ACMS (April 7) and opening night to the public (April 8).
We're not looking for Michaelangelo's here - but we know some of your creativity has yet to see the light of day and we want to encourage this as an outlet for physician vitality. If you are interested in learning more, take a look at our event page and entry form here.