The Teaching Dead

  • Alexandra Wood Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Oil pastel on acid-free paper. I was inspired to create this piece after
anatomy in my first year of medical school. The entire process changed my perspective on what it means to be studying medicine. I wanted to convey this experience with the illusion of the eye or the butterfly inside the orbit.

Author Biography

Alexandra Wood, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Alexandra Wood is an M.D. candidate of the Class of 2018 at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2014 with a B.A. in Biology and an honors distinction from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Alex conducted novel HIV drug development research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which was also the topic of her honors senior thesis. She is pursuing a career in child neurology and has a great interest in genetic conditions predisposing children to epilepsy. Alex enjoys all sports, travel, the outdoors, books, and art.

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