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Share your story to help shame·less

As the inaugural project of our international consortium to advance awareness of shame in healthcare, this event will center on stories submitted by medical students at Duke University, University of Exeter, and Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School about experiences of shame during medical training.


8 storytellers from each institution will be awarded a $100 USD (or equivalent) Amazon giftcard, and one storyteller from each participating institution will be paired with a professional artist to illustrate their story into a graphic narrative artform to be submitted for publication. Submissions are due by Nov. 28th.

Winners will be notified mid-December 2022. In Spring 2023, we will host an international StorySharing Event during which stories will be shared (anonymously if desired).


We are inviting mixed-media submissions in response to the following prompt:

Share a story about a time when you experienced shame (i.e., feeling globally flawed, deficient, and/or unworthy) 

during your medical education.


Stories may be told using written narratives, poetry, illustration/graphic art, photography, recorded audio, sculpture, or the creative medium of your choice. Strong submissions will center on a specific story, will provide insights into the emotional experience of shame, and will utilize effective storytelling techniques.

The graphic medicine and gift card awardees will be chosen based on the creativity, originality, and impact of their submissions.

Image by Ümit Bulut


Using the prompt above,

think about a specific experience of shame

during your medical




Using the creative medium of your choice, tell the story of your shame experience. You can write it, draw it, photograph it, narrate it, film it, sculpt it, etc.

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Using the form below,

send in your story. Be sure to include your contact information and any other necessary information.


  1. You must be a current medical student at Duke University, Duke-NUS Medical School, or University of Exeter.

  2. Written stories are limited to 1,000 words; illustrations are limited to 5 panels; and recorded audio or video is limited to 10 minutes or less. 

  3. Your submission must be composed in English or accompanied by an English translation.

  4. Illustration and sculpture must be accompanied by a narrative description of the story depicted by the artwork. This description should be no more than 1,000 words and may be much shorter.

  5. Supported file types for images are JPG, PNG, GIF, JPEG, JPE, JFIF, BMP, HEIC, HEIF, TIFF, TIF, WEBP, JPEG 2000. Supported file types for videos are AVI, MPEG, MPG, MPE, MP4, and MOV. Supported file types for documents are DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, and PDF.



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By clicking on the above Submit button, you acknowledge that you are submitting your work pertaining to the concept of shame to The Shame Space Consortium Storysharing Event and are acknowledging that:

  1. I am a medical student at Duke University, Duke-NUS Medical School, or University of Exeter.

  2. I am 18 years old or older.

  3. I give permission to The Shame Space Consortium to review my submission.

  4. Should my story be selected to pair with a professional artist, I will be contacted to provide consent and release forms which must be signed to proceed.

  5. Should I desire to have my story included in the StorySharing Event in Spring 2023 (details to follow), I will be asked to complete consent and release forms. My story will not be shared without my express written permission, and I will have the option to share it anonymously. 

  6. Storytellers selected to work with a professional artist will also receive one of the 8 Amazon gift cards. Seven other storytellers from each institution will receive a gift card.

  7. If chosen as a gift card winner, I understand that I will be asked to share contact information and other relevant information in order for The Shame Space Consortium to disperse the gift card to me. If this information is NOT provided, I understand that The Shame Space Consortium will not be able to provide the gift card to me. ​


All information provided, including the submission work, contact information, and any other relevant information, will only be reviewed by members of the consortium. Gift card winners will provide basic information to participating university financial departments managing the funds. We will make all attempts to safeguard your information by securely storing it in a password protected folder behind participating university firewalls and only allowing key members of staff to view this information. Even with these safeguards, there is a potential risk for loss of confidentiality.


By clicking the button you agree to ALL of the above language. If you have any questions, please contact Will Bynum at

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