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I’ve got your back

Medicine is beautiful and interesting, but it can also be challenging in many ways. As medical students, we are expected to work hard, test well, be professional and likeable. These expectations throughout medical school can foster emotions like guilt, stress and the feeling of never being enough. I created this piece to remind myself that life is colorful, and that I should be my own best friend and cheerleader. I’ve got my back, and I hope you have yours. I created this piece with pen and acrylic paint. Similar to many of my other works, I combine my love for anatomy and nature to create a piece that is calming to the eye.


Florence is Chinese, was born in Colorado but spent 12 years of her life growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. From a young age, she has always been in awe of art and how a blank piece of paper can be turned into something so beautiful. Art has always been a way for her to view the world in a different perspective, and a tool for her to express herself. She loves mixed-media, and her most recent endeavors have been to merge her love for art and her passion for medicine as one.

For more about Florence and her art, please go to her online portfolio which can be found at:

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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Florence is a third year medical student at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado class of 2023. In 2018, she graduated from University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and medical physics. She enjoys practicing Muay Thai, playing board games with friends, painting and taking her dog out for hikes in her free time.