About This Journal

Originally conceptualized as a UMass Medical School Capstone project, Streams of Consciousness (ISSN 2640-0049) is a collaborative project between Tom Ford (SOM ’18), William-Bernard Reid-Varley (PGY-2, Psychiatry), and Colin Whitworth (PGY-2, Psychiatry) that aims to allow students in the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, as well as residents, faculty, patients, and other members of the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center community to channel their experiences through works of poetry, prose, and photography. In sharing your unique perspective, we hope to help the members of our community understand and appreciate each other in ways that were previously difficult to achieve.

Streams of Consciousness is published annually through the Lamar Soutter Library website, with the first issue released in December 2017. If you have any questions about submitting to the journal, or about how you can get more involved, please reach out to the journal via email at UMassLitMag@gmail.com!

Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, authored by medical students, nursing students, graduate students, residents, and fellows based at UMass Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center, Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's or Baystate Medical Center. The award was established to encourage creative writing and reflection by health professionals in training and to honor the father of Richard M. Berlin, MD, a UMass faculty member who practices psychiatry in western Massachusetts, is a poet and also sponsors the award.

The grand prize includes publication of the winning work in Worcester Medicine. Beginning in 2018, the top three prize winners will also have their work published in the medical school’s online literary and visual art publication, Streams of Consciousness.


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Measuring Impact

The “Readership Activity Map" on the Streams of Consciousness home page allows visitors to see a visualization of full-text downloads in real time to demonstrate global reach and impact. Download metrics for individual submissions display on the item landing page and are updated daily. For context, visitors are also able to see the date the submission was first posted. Metrics will not display for submissions that have fewer than 10 downloads. All authors automatically receive monthly email reports containing download metrics for their submissions published in Streams of Consciousness. The email reports provide a link to a dashboard with more detailed information for authors interested in learning more.

Digital Preservation

The publisher utilizes the bepress Archive service with Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to create permanent archives for the purpose of ensuring long-term availability and accessibility of journal content.

Publication Statement

This journal is published by the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA, through its eScholarship@UMMS publishing and repository system.