Heartfelt 2014

First place: Artistic Fibrillation by Bhavik Mistry.  The painting describes how the heart functions. The eye is first drawn towards the left, representing blood through a network of capillaries flowing from its initial source, the aorta. The heart (black), kept alive by coronary arteries (red), is able to contract following a ‘wave’ of depolarization that is detectable by an ECG trace (white).

First place: Artistic Fibrillation by Bhavik Mistry

2nd Place Lighthearted by Quinn Gentles."Before cardiology block I always thought of the heart as basically a pump. But the more we learned about the motion, complexity and conduction of this organ the more it really came alive for me in a new way. More than anything I wanted to capture that energy in this image.”

2nd Place Lighthearted by Quinn Gentles

3rd Place Heartful Shopping by Evan Woo.The condition of our heart is revealed by what we feed ourselves.. The phrase “you are what you eat” has origins in 19th century France and Germany. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that it took on the meaning we have come to know today. This piece embodies the concept that our cardiovascular health is determined by our food choices.

3rd Place Heartful Shopping by Evan Woo

4th Place Heart Galloping by Kivash Hossini.  The Ink-drawing is a visualization of the galloping sound heard in defective hearts.

4th Place Heart Galloping by Kivash Hossini

5th Place Tugging at my heartstrings by Jennifer Liang.This project was created using a single stitch crochet pattern to depict the end to end connections of cardiac myocytes via gap junctions.  If one were to tug at the end of the yarn, the stitches would unravel one at a time symbolizing that a defect in one area of the heart could have potential consequences on the entire cardiovascular system.  Therefore, the phrase “tugging at my heartstrings” can literally mean that increased pressure on the myocardium or increased wall stress can result in uncomfortable symptoms/feelings.

5th Place Tugging at my heartstrings by Jennifer Liang

6th Place Northern Heart by Lisa Flegel.Taking a pause from the busy pace of life and enjoying the outdoors has always had a special place in my heart. Northern BC has an abundance of beautiful places to explore. This photo was taken five minutes from my house in Prince George, BC.

6th Place Northern Heart by Lisa Flegel

7th Place A Stiff Heart by Marta Zmudzinski.As the residents of apartment 8C in Gage residence, we came from different walks of life but instantly became supports for each other. Move out day was heart wrenching, but sadness helps you realize how much you value the people you’ve met and the experiences you’ve had. These relationships are the heart of medicine and the core of physician self-care.

7th Place A Stiff Heart by Marta Zmudzinski

8th Place Lemonaid by Nick Al Nabulsi.Many studies have indicated that Vitamin C plays a significant role in protecting against the oxidative stress that is associated with coronary heart disease. So “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” and squeeze every bit of flavour and antioxidants out of those citrusy winter fruits.

8th Place Lemonaid by Nick Al Nabulsi

9th Place Heart of a Winter Nation by Taneille Johnson.This year’s Sochi Olympics brought together our country to support our Olympic athletes. The heart and circulatory system are central to sport regardless of the event: they transport the blood needed for athletes’ bodies to shoot winning goals, land 100m ski jumps, or curl winning rocks. For us at home, they pump the blood we need to continue to cheer.

9th Place Heart of a Winter Nation by Taneille Johnson

10th Place Sweetheart by Susan Auvinen.This photograph is a play on perspective. A whole strawberry loosely resembles a heart but when sliced can portray its unmistakable silhouette. More prominent in this image is the shadow the slice casts on the plate which requires further focus from the observer to fully appreciate. Perspective when learning or treating cardiac pathology is key to understanding the whole picture.

10th Place Sweetheart by Susan Auvinen

11th Place Sacred Heart of Carrel by Derek Lacoursiere.(Technique): The pattern was carefully transferred over a red watercolor underpainting using graphite paper (the heart was masked off at this time).  Gold leaf was then applied using the appropriate sizing, after which it was brushed off.  The heart was then painted on the previously masked off area with oil paints.  Once dry, acrylic paint was used to darken and set the border after which the watercolor underpainting was carefully wiped off to create a glow.    Statement: Gold leaf patterning is a religious pictorial motif I drew on to develop a panegyric for a procedure which since its inception has given many the hope for a longer life, the coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  The title makes reference to Alexis Carrel, the first individual to describe the concept of operating on the coronary circulation.

11th Place Sacred Heart of Carrel by Derek Lacoursiere

Honourable Mention Postnatal Cardiac Remodelling by Csilla Egri.A lot of heavy-duty construction and remodeling occurs in a baby’s heart after birth, ensuring adequate perfusion in a brand new, air-filled world. If one were to take a picture of the heart just minutes post delivery, this is exactly what would be going on, with lounging, iron-pumping, brick laying stick figures included.

Honourable Mention Postnatal Cardiac Remodelling by Csilla Egri

PRIZES

Littman Cardiology Stethoscopes

GENERAL JUDGES

VFMP
Dr. Andrew Seal

Dr. Karen Pinder

Dr. Dawn Cooper

Dr. Andrew Campbell

Dr. Jonathon Tang

Dr. Ian Penn

Island Medical Program
Dr. Kathy Gaul
Dr. Pat Nahirney
Dr. Jane Gair

Northern Medical Program
Dr. Leigh Hunsinger-Chan
Michelle Osler

Southern Medical Program
Dr. John Faulkner
Dr. Dick Hooper
Dr. Connie Hull

COMPETITIONS