IRIS is UNC School of Medicine’s Arts and Literary Journal. Submissions from students, faculty, and staff include works of photography, writing, music, video and other forms of creative expression. The name Iris echoes the iris of the eye, a feature of the body unique to every person. The iris also provides the frame through which we see the world—a point of view. Each iris is unique. The prose, poetry, painting, and photography contained within Iris represent the perspectives of diverse students who have come to UNC by different paths and will continue along different paths when we leave this beloved place. The journey we share together through medical school is a precious time devoted to the exchange of ideas and the co-creation of knowledge.