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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2020's annual Kalanithi Writing Award is now open for submissions.
Medicine & the Muse is pleased to announce a solicitation for unpublished short stories, essays or poetry addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness. Fiction and non-fiction submissions are welcome. For submission guidelines and to submit, click here.
Paul Kalanithi was a physician writer and neurosurgery resident at Stanford University. In the final years of his training, he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. His memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, beautifully chronicles his reflections on living with illness and legacy. The Paul Kalanithi Award was created in his memory.
To read previous winners, click here.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Check out the interview of Medicine & the Muse Executive Director, Jacqueline Genovese, and Stanford Medicine Dr. Bryant Lin on Doximity's Op-Med.
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
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 healthalerts.stanford.edu.
A virtual space for healthcare workers and the people who love them to write, reflect and share.
November 7, 21, 2020
December 5, 2020
10AM – 11AM (PDT)
Meets every other Saturday
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Ekphrastic Poetry & Music
Franz Joseph Haydn’s string quartet in G minor, Opus 20, No.3.
A joint evening of poetry and music with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet and the Pegasus Physician Writers.
November 4, 2020
This event is free and open to the public.
The following events WILL NOT happen this year:
Stanford Medicine Symphony Inaugural Concert (likely postponed to 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.
Many thanks for your understanding.