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

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

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Program Features and News

12/26/16, ScientificAmerican.com
--Making the case for medical school
In this piece, MD/MBA student Akhilesh Pathipati argues that the field of medicine "continues to be an excellent choice" for students.

12/15/16, Fresh Air (NPR)
--‘Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings and good intentions fueled opioid epidemic
In, "Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop," Anna Lembke (Pegasus Physician writer), assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, explores factors that contributed to the opioid epidemic. She discusses opioids, her work with addicts and her new book in this segment.

New Award to Honor Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience, Nominations Open:
Dr. Eliza Lo Chin, executive director of the American Medical Women’s Association, has initiated a new award, which honors beloved teacher of medical humanities at Stanford, one of the founders of Pegasus Physician Writers and mentor for Stanford Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities medical students: Dr. Larry Zaroff. Dr. Zaroff was an ardent supporter of women in medicine, and always had a session in his classes, including The Human Condition, a course for medical students, about women doctors. Dr. Eliza Lo Chin is the editor of a collection of writings by women physicians (This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine [highly recommended]), and she spoke frequently in Dr. Zaroff’s classes at Stanford.
Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award. Deadline for submitting nominations is December 7, 2016 – please visit https://www.amwa-doc.org/dr-larry-zaroff-man-of-good-conscience-award/ for information and to submit your nomination.

11/01/16, Scope
--Stanford med students hone their storytelling skills under the stars
This piece highlights the first storytelling camping retreat for medical students sponsored by the Medicine and the Muse program at Stanford. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, is mentioned here.

10/19/16, Scope
--Stanford medical student illustrates mnemonics
In this Q&A, second-year medical student Nick Love (BEMH Medscholar) discusses a set of illustrated mnemonics he has created to give students a more entertaining way to memorize anatomy. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, and Sam Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, are referenced here.

10/14/16, Scope
--Physician-writers reflect on uncertainty in medicine
"I don’t know: Uncertainty in medicine,” was the theme of this year's Stanford’s Pegasus Physician Writers reader’s forum held last month. Session moderator Ali Tahvildari, with the Department of Radiology; Jessica Gold, clinical instructor of pediatrics; and medical resident Matt Stevenson, are quoted in this post by Jacqueline Genovese (Assistant Director, Medicine and the Muse)

Congratulations to Jessi Gold (Pegasus Physician member) on the publication of "Inpatient Psychiatry: Not All Needles, Drugs, and Locks" on Huffington Post.

Congratulations to Dr. Lucy Kalanithi on winning the inaugural Consano Ripples of Hope Award! Dr. Ward Trueblood (Pegasus Physician member) is featured in the tribute video.  

Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program recently hosted a two-day What's Your Story? Workshop for Stanford Medical Students (with generous support from the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds and The Marmor Foundation). Please visit the Past Events section on our Writers' Workshops and Event page for additional photos.

09/14/16, ABC News
--Parkinson's patients take to the dance floor
ABC News San Francisco profiled the new dance studio and program at Stanford's Neuroscience Health Center where Parkinson's patients work with professional dancer Damara Vita Ganley. The program called Dance for PD is run by Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart (Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member), who directs the Stanford Movement Disorders Center.

Congratulations to Abraham Verghese, MD (professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, critically acclaimed author, and Medicine and the Muse affiliated faculty member) for his National Humanities Medal. He was honored at a White House ceremony for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience.

Stanford Medicine News article
NBC News article
The American Bazaar article

Congratulations to Christine Jette, MD for the publication of her piece, Death Without Dignity, in California Society of Anesthesiologists Online First blog.

Jessi Gold (Pegasus Physician member) won 1st place in the first annual Psychiatric Times writer's contest with her piece, The Mirror!

The Stanford Palliative Care Section is pleased to announce the first annual Kalanithi Fiction Award (Dr Abraham Verghese will be one of the judges).

Contest is open to all. Please see flyer for further information.

Congratulations to Jason Nagata (Med Writers Workshop participant) on the publication of "Until Death Do Us Part" in the Journal of Palliative Medicine!

Dr. Anya Griffin's photovoice project, Picturing Pain, (funded by Medicine and the Muse grant) was featured in the Spring 2016 Anesthesia Gas Pipeline.

Click HERE to read about the 4th Annual Arts and Anesthesia Soiree, organized by Audrey Shafer.

08/09/16, Inside Stanford Medicine
--Video about neurosurgeon facing death nominated for Emmy
 A documentary about the late neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s perception of time while living with cancer has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award; the video was produced by Mark Hanlon, video director for the School of Medicine.

07/29/16, Pulse
--A White Girl Grows in Philadelphia
Audrey Shafer writes about how growing up with diversity lead her to feeling at home at the Palo Alto VA Hospital.

07/21/16, Nautilus
--Ingenious: Jonathan Berger
Kevin Berger interviews Jonathan Berger, The Denning Family Provostial Professor in the Department of Music and Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member.

KZSU 90.1FM broadcast and recorded the July 14th Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum

06/29/16, All Things Considered (NPR)
Samuel Rodriguez, clinical associate professor of anesthesia, and Thomas Caruso, clinical associate professor of anesthesia, have developed the Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theatre (BERT) in efforts to reduce anxiety in children during their moments before surgery. Rodriguez and Caruso are featured here and in an accompanying Kaiser Health News video.

BEMH graduate, Scott Rodriguez, won the 2016 Barbour Award from the Stanford Dept of Medicine. Scott is now in the residency program in Medicine/Primary Care at Dartmouth. Congratulations Scott!


2017-18 Medicine & the Muse Research Grants CFP (deadline: 01/20/2017)

Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program:
2017-2018 Research Grants in the Medical Humanities and the Arts
Special emphasis on Frankenstein@200
Call for Proposals

Upcoming Events

“They Played for Their Lives” screening
January 23rd at 7:30 PM
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

No registration is required and the event is free

“They Played for Their Lives” is a moving documentary exploring the power of music in sustaining and saving the lives of musicians held at concentration camps under Nazi rule during WWII. The film is a testament to the universality of music and in its ability to help performers and hearers transcend circumstance, even in its most horrific form.  For those of us in health care, it also reminds us of music’s potency in our own lives and the role it plays in the wellbeing of our patients. Click HERE to visit the film's website.

RESCHEDULED Saturday Workshop with Dr. Sharon Bray
January 28, 2017, from 8:45am - 4:00pm
Home of Audrey Shafer (Mountain View)

This is Dr. Sharon Bray's final writing workshop before retirement!
Open to anyone with a connection to the medical school or affiliated hospitals (including alumni, faculty, staff, house staff, students). Priority will be given to medical students, house staff, and first-time participants. The workshops are free, but space is limited and sign-up is required. No writing experience required. Supportive environment.

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)
February 9, 2017, 7pm-9:30pm
LKSC 101/102
including a presentation by Medicine and the Muse affiliated faculty Professor Susan McConnell – biologist and photographer

April 27, 2017

MEDICINE and the MUSE: An Arts, Humanities, and Medicine Symposium
Stanford School of Medicine

Featured Speaker: David Leventhal (Director, Dance for PD [Parkinson's Disease])

Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care are proud to present
Creating a Healing Environment:
from Designing space to Delivering Care

June 2, 2017
Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University

Abstract Submission: Deadline November 14, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Ongoing Events

JANUARY 25, 2017
"Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation"
Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University

FEBRUARY 8, 2017
"Auditory verbal hallucinations across the wellness spectrum: Leveraging Human Neuroscience to Fathom the Unfathomable"
Judith Ford, Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

FEBRUARY 22, 2017
“‘Learning to experience’: Metacognition and romanticism in Mindfulness‐based Cognitive Therapy.”
Joanna Cook, Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at University College London

MARCH 1, 2017
“Divine Dreamwork: Cultivation of Visions by a Fourteenth‐century French Monk.”
Clare Fanger, Associate Professor of Religion, Rice University

MARCH 15, 2017
“The Garden Next Door: How One Woman Was Struck by Lightning, Talked to God, and Came Back to Dream the Future.”
Jeffrey Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University