The Medicine & the Muse Program is the home for the arts and humanities at the medical school, with programs that support diversity and integrate the arts and humanities into medical education, scholarly endeavors, and the practice of medicine.

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Rally by the Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine department. June 8, 2020. 

To read "I Shudder, Do You?" and learn about racial disparities and resources, click here.  We thank Dr. Tamara Dunn for calling our attention to this article. 

2020's annual Medicine & the Muse Symposium, is a celebration of the many artistic, literary, musical and other creative scholarly talents at the Stanford School of Medicine. 

Thanks for joining us! Please check out our online gallery of student creative and scholary work, and view hightlights from our virtual event. 

“In this biomedical revolution, we need the humanities now more than ever.”

-Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Features and News

7/31/2020 From healthcare workers to the rest of us — how can we better cope?

TED Radio Hour (NPR). This episode focuses on how to cope with stress and features Black physicians and TED Fellow & Director of Writing and Storytelling at Medicine & the Muse, Laurel Braitman.

7/14/2020 Stanford’s Music Will Go On: Recapping Spring Musical Innovations

Stuck@Home concert organizer, Jacqueline Genovese, Executive Director of Medicine & the Muse, comments on the impact that music can have, even amid the physical limitations posed by quarantine.

6/24/2020 Black Medical Workers Reflect on the Front Lines of Covid and Racism

Dr. Laurel Braitman, director of writing and storytelling, SOM's Medicine and the Muse Program was joined by four writers from Writing Medicine: Med student Dasha Savage, Associate Dean of Admissions and Professor Iris Gibbs, resident (and Stanford grad) Brandon Turner and critical care fellow Adjoa Boateng in conversation with the host of Forum, Michael Krasny. 

6/9/2020 The Creative Awakening Happening at Stanford Medicine

Check out the interview of Medicine & the Muse Executive Director, Jacqueline Genovese, and Stanford Medicine Dr. Bryant Lin on Doximity's Op-Med. 

5/20/2020 How writing helps medical students and doctors handle stress

Laurel Braitman, PhD, started teaching medical students storytelling five years ago in her role as writer-in-residence. But the more opportunities she gave medical students to tell stories about their frustrations, joys and fears, the better the students reported feeling about themselves and their medical careers, Braitman explains in her new TED talk.

Braitman is also featured in this article: Writing Medicine workshop helps healthcare workers reflect on pandemic

5/14/2020 Supporting Young Adults to Rise to the Challenge of COVID-19

Letter to the editor, written by Jason Nagata, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.  

Important Links

All of the events, news, and updates related to the Frankenstein@200 initative. 

A note regarding COVID-19: Stanford Medicine and the Muse supports the health and wellbeing of all.  

We follow all guidelines and policies from Stanford University. Stanford COVID-19 information can be found at and their email contact is

Upcoming Events

Writing Medicine: Weekly reflective writing session for healthcare workers and their loved ones

A virtual space for healthcare workers and the people who love them to write, reflect and share.

August, 8 2020


Meets every Saturday

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Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvouz  (L.A.S.E.R.)

The LASERs are an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

August 6, 26, 27 2020

August 6 | 5PM (PDT)
Dave Deamer and Bruce Damer on "How did life begin? The search for answers in the lab, in the field and in silico"  
Registration link.

For the past five years, Bruce Damer and David Deamer have collaboratively searched for evidence of the origin of life. In this talk, they will discuss their shared research journey, taking them from the study of organic compounds over 5 billion years old, to Bumpass Hell, the largest hydrothermal area in Lassen National Park, the Pilbara of Western Australia, and, most recently, to Hell's Gate hot springs of New Zealand. 

August 26 | 6PM (PDT)
Stanford epidemiologist Julie Parsonnet on "Covid-19: Where we stand".
Registration link.

Julie Parsonnet is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. She specializes in adult infectious diseases. We will discuss the state of the science on the current pandemic: an update on what we learned about the disease in the last few weeks and on the treatments and vaccines under development. 

August 27 | 6PM (PDT)
Codame founders Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray, visual designer Don Hanson and computational artist Char Stiles on "New Paradigms and Spaces for Artistic Expression"
Registration link.

Computational forms of art have become widespread, especially among the younger generation of artists/inventors, and at the same time the pandemic is forcing us to rethink art forms for an online world. This evening will focus on three examples of how the process and format of making and exhibiting art is changing.

The following events WILL happen: 

Wednesday Night Writes with Dr. Laurel Braitman (Will resume, Fall 2020).

Literature and Medicine Discussion Series with Jacqueline Genovese and Dr Benny Gavi (Prior registration required).

The following events WILL NOT happen this spring:

Stanford Medicine Symphony Inaugural Concert (likely postponed to Spring 2021)

March 19 Screening of RARE in Redwood City (rescheduling TBA)

International Health Humanities Consortium Conference at Vanderbilt

We apologize for the cancellation, postponement, or necessary alteration of events.

Please check back to this page for future updates.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Ongoing Events

Weds Night Writes
Every 3rd Weds 
(Does not meet in summer)