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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“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

3/18/2020 Moral Courage in the Coronavirus: A Guide for Medical Providers and Institutions

This article was authored by Dr. Holly Tabor, co-director of the BEMH scholarly concentration and assistant director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, and MedMuse steering member, Dr. Alyssa Burgart, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.

3/15/2020 Hospitals Need to Cancel Elective Procedures: This is a pandemic – No time for business as usual.

This article was written by Medicine and the Muse steering member, Dr. Alyssa Burgart  

2/1/2020 Risks, Benefits, and Conundrums of Cancer Screening

Congratulations! Nick Love is the winner of The AMA Journal of Ethics, John Conley Art of Medicine Contest for works in visual media.

Important Links

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

Upcoming Events


Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

 You are invited to join Stanford Medicine & the Muse for an hour of musical performances by Stanford Medicine faculty, residents, staff, students & friends. We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times.

April 2, 2020

5:30PM – 6:30PM (PACIFIC TIME)

Please copy the link to join the webinar:

 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16507249799, 259932078# 

The following events WILL be happening this spring:

Medicine and the Muse Symposium This event has been postponed and will be held virtually in May. Further information to follow soon. 

Wednesday Night Writes with Dr. Laurel Braitman (Will be held virtually).

Literature and Medicine Discussion Series with Jacqueline Genovese and Dr Benny Gavi (Cancelled for March, will likely resume in April. Prior registration required).

The following events WILL NOT be happening this spring:

Stanford Medicine Symphony Inaugural Concert (likely postponed to fall 2020)

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