NEW | 04.01.2021




WE ARE HERE | 06.09.2020


LinkRole or FeatureDate
NEJM Resident 360: "Living With Health Conditions During Medical Training"herePlatform host08.19.2020 - 08.29.2020
The Harvard Crimson: "HMS Students Launch Creative Project Focused on Medical Students With Chronic Health Conditions"hereWritten article & interview09.07.2020
Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project (HLEP): WinnerhereCompetitive scholarship opportunity for Harvard and MIT Law Student collaboration09.28.2020


Notes for our readers: In this piece, we will use the phrase  “health condition” to describe the breadth of personal acute and chronic, physical and mental, and past or present illness and/or disability experiences of medical/dental students. Further, we view this as a living document, and encourage all to contribute thoughts to this manifesto. To share ideas, questions and feedback, please visit our Contact page or email us at unconditionalpublishing@gmail.com.


  • The exceptionally low disclosure rate of personal health conditions among medical students reflects, in part, the stigma and judgment that students may face from peers, faculty, and institutions more broadly. 

  • Building a medical/dental school culture that is not only inclusive of, but indeed celebrates and values, the experiences of students with a health condition is critical to making these narratives visible.

  • Efforts around diversity and inclusion in medical education rarely address increasing representation for students living with health conditions, who already face significant barriers to entering into and completing medical training.


  • Medical/dental students who have experienced a personal illness, health condition, and/or disability are uniquely positioned to both incorporate these personal experiences into the foundation of their patient care framework and impart these unique takeaways to their peers - but only if they are empowered to do so.


  • Currently, there remains a dearth of narratives produced by medical/dental students of their personal experience living with a health condition.

  • Medical students who live with a health condition offer an entirely unique and nuanced understanding of the physician-patient experience missing from current discourses and training in medical/dental education. As recipients and future providers, they offer a life perspective that may help illuminate and bridge the goals of both the patient and provider during the stages of their medical training and beyond. 

  • Illuminating how health conditions and disability exist even amongst medical/dental students would combat the current perception of these experiences as inherent limitations, and instead highlight how their experiences and visibility bring value into their school communities and beyond.


  • Founded by students at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Unconditional Publishing seeks to elevate and make visible the stories of medical and dental students who have lived with or are living with a health condition.

  • Our goals in pursuing this creative project is multifold. We aim to:

  • Illuminate the diverse patient narratives that exist within our very own HMS/HSDM community (anonymously or named) through art, as we believe that a creative, multimedia piece will best capture the breadth and depth of experience of each student.

  • Foster a space for conversation surrounding personal health conditions among healthcare trainees, and demonstrate to those confronting the dual experiences of student and patient that they are indeed not alone.

  • Recognize that while personal experiences with health conditions can pose tremendous challenges for students pursuing medicine and dentistry, these experiences can also impart meaningful insight and empathy into one’s patient care.

  • Create space for stories of hardship but also stories of resilience and adaptation amongst our classmates with the hope that others may identify with and find personal parallels to these narratives.


  • We acknowledge the singularity of and (varying degrees of) underlying privilege in each experience shared in this piece, and we respect the resulting limitations to broad generalizability.

  • We acknowledge the wide range of scope and severity that different disabilities might have on different individuals in different capacities.

  • We emphasize and celebrate the individuality of each experience shared in this piece and encourage representation through diversity, including (but not limited to) in condition, presentation, impact on daily life, ethnicity, gender identity, external resources, and desires for anonymity.


Our multimedia publication seeks to elevate the stories of medical and dental students who have lived with or are living with an illness, health condition and/or disability.

These curated Volumes showcase a handful of these students' narratives at a time. Our editorial team works closely with each contributor to ensure their story is presented effectively and appropriately.

Click the Volume labels below to view them.


NEW | 04.01.2021




WE ARE HERE | 06.09.2020



to you who fight the silent fight, wrestling with fear or self-doubt, plagued by self-conceptions wrought in ignorance and social scrutiny that threaten to denigrate and silo your physical, emotional and mental experience of living with an illness, health condition, or disability -

we are here,

and this is for you.

Sam Sadler & Jenny Rowley



Volume 1 is the first official Volume published by U|P.

We present four pieces by students from our own community at Harvard Medical School/ Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/ HSDM), who discuss a wide range of experiences with illnesses, health conditions and disabilities.

Click "VIEW & DOWNLOAD" below to access the piece. We recommend downloading Volume 1 for the highest quality experience.



In our second volume, we are honored to share five narratives from both within the Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM) and wider medical community that we hope begin to address these concerns. Despite the differences in their individual experiences, each of our contributors touch upon their experiences with mental health challenges as a primary or secondary diagnosis.

Click "VIEW & DOWNLOAD" below to access the piece. We recommend downloading Volume 1 for the highest quality experience.


We are thrilled to announce our Living With Campaign, comprised of two complementary initiatives aimed at creating a visible community of support for student-patients. In brief, through the Living With Campaign, we are inviting medical professionals who have personally faced a health condition, illness and/or disability to join our efforts by writing an open letter to student-patients through our Living With Letters and/or by joining our public Living With List to serve as a source of mentorship and social support for student-patients.

To learn more about the Living With Campaign, including how to participate, keep scrolling!

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact us. Stay tuned for more information by following us on Twitter.


All health professions trainees/practitioners

We are humbled by the openness and vulnerability of many residents, fellows and attending physicians who have shared their personal health stories with us and have expressed a desire to share their experiences with student-patients to help demonstrate that they are not alone.

Thus, we are thrilled to invite health professionals who have personally faced an illness, health condition, or disability to write an open letter to student-patients to share your experience in medicine and to extend your solidarity, lessons learned and wisdom to through a Living With Letter. These letters will be posted on this website for student-patients across the nation to view, and can be published anonymously or named.

For more details regarding submission or to submit your letter, click on the button below.


All health professions trainees/practitioners

The Living With List is a national public list of individuals in the medical profession (i.e. faculty, attendings, fellows, residents, postdocs, students, and staff) who are living with or have previously experienced an illness, health condition or disability (‘condition’).

The List, modeled after LGBTQ+ "OutLists", is intended to create a visible community among health care trainees and practitioners alike who identify as having a condition. We hope the List will provide a vibrant network of possible mentors and support systems for student-patients.

A version of this list will be publicly available (with no contact info) on our site and will be periodically updated.

For more information or to become part of the List, please click the button below.


Whether you are a current medical trainee or a practicing physician, we have a few options for you to share your story or get involved! See below for more details.



Submit your thoughts and/or story to Unconditional Publishing for our upcoming Volume 3 - or other future volumes.

Submissions will open late spring 2021. In the meantime, consider submitting a letter to our Instagram or Living With Campaign. Details below.



Open to all current medical students, residents & trainees.

Submit a caption (and a photo) for us to share on our instagram platform, @unconditionalpr. We will feature you on our page - anonymously or named.

For more information, click the link below.


Open to all residents and other practicing clinicians.

We are inviting medical professionals who have personally faced a health condition, illness and/or disability to join our efforts by writing an open letter to student-patients through our Living With Campaign to serve as a source of mentorship and social support for student-patients.

For more information, visit our "Living With" page.


Meet the leadership team behind Unconditional Publishing!

If you are an artist, web designer, or interested in joining our leadership team, please contact us. Allies are welcome.


Sam Sadler
MS2 | Harvard Medical School

Jenny Rowley
MS2 | Harvard Medical School


King Fok
MS2 | Harvard Medical School

Hae Lin Cho
MS2 | Harvard Medical School

Kelsey Biddle
MS1 | Harvard Medical School

Sarah Cohen
MS1 | Harvard Medical School

Abigail Zuckerman
MS1 | Harvard Medical School

Wesley Norlin
MS1 | Harvard Medical School


Please submit all inquiries through the below form, or contact us directly at unconditionalpublishing@gmail.com.

We would also love to hear your thoughts about Unconditional Publishing. Submit your feedback below!


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