Gail Ellison, PhD/Writer in Residence

Gail K. Ellison, Ph.D, Writer in residence in the Shands Arts in Medicine program and adjunct faculty in the UF College of Fine Arts, taught the Reflective Writing Elective in the UF College of Medicine. She has been a guest lecturer in several other UF programs, including the Integrative Medicine Elective, the Physician Assistant Program, the Introduction to the Arts in Medicine course, and the Arts in Healthcare Summer Intensive.

Dr. Ellison has presented on reflective writing in healthcare settings and in medical education at meetings of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, the Poetry and Medicine Conference at Duke University, and the Examined Life Conference at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

She has presented on longitudinal dreamwork as a healing practice at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, the C.G. Jung Analytical Psychology Club (London UK), the International Conference on Spirituality and Healing (Durham UK) and the International Conference on Science & Consciousness (Albuquerque NM).

Her publications–including Writing in Healthcare Settings and Writing for the Health of it–are available on her website:

In 2005, Dr. Ellison won honorable mention in the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition for her work with patients, staff, and students in healthcare professions. She has received grant funding from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to assess outcomes of the Reflective Writing Elective in the College of Medicine, and from an anonymous family foundation to expand Writing in Medicine at the University of Florida.

Singing, both amateur and professional, fills her spare time.