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The Transfer of Care by Dr. Sam Rodriquez, Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member and pediatric anesthesiologist

“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

Kalanithi Award

Open to all.
Due Date: December 1, 2018

08/29/2019, SCOPE Blog
-- After cancer: A new way of being family

Second year medical student and BEMH medical scholars awardee Orly Farber appears on NPR  with her STAT News story on medical education.

05/16/2018, SCOPE Blog (Ongoing Exhbit)
-- A galvanizing exhibit explores issues raised by Frankenstein

04/05/2018, Stanford Medicine News Center (Ongoing Exhibit)
--Mixed-media mosaics of the human body, inspired by Frankenstein

Congratulations Dr. Audrey Shafer!

The Ellis N. Cohen, M.D. Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the Department of Anesthesiology, and has been given only 17 times in 28 years. Dr. Audrey Shafer is the third women to receive this honor.  

CBC Radio - White Coat, Black Art w/ host Dr. Brian Goldman
-- Frankenstein 101: What the monster teaches medical students w/ Audrey Shafer

Stanford Medicine
-- Why Frankenstein matters (By: Audrey Shafer)

BEMH medical student Nicholas Love has won the Japanese Medical Society of America Scholarship Award for his project “Initiate discussion and exchange of knowledge between the United States and Japan regarding medical mnemonics”

03/05/2018, Stanford Daily
-- Having Your Writing Workshopped

01/17/2018, TedxPalo Alto High School
-- Medicine, Military, and the Muse (Jacqueline Genovese)

Stanford medical school graduate and musician/composer Benjamin Robison explores the intersection of arts and medicine through multimedia productions examining mindfulness, healthcare, empathy and the shared experience of art. Funded by a Shenson-Medicine and the Muse Innovation Grant, and a Stanford University School of Medicine Medical Scholars Grant.

Robison, Benjamin. The Still Point, multimedia for stage. 

December 7, 2017, Psychiataric News
--Burnout’s Roots May Lie in Young M.D.s’ Expectations of Themselves

A chief resident (Jessica Gold) looks back at a time in medical school when she wasn’t even sure she wanted to be a doctor. 

October 2017, The Atlantic
--How to Die
As a psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom has helped others grapple with their mortality. Now he is preparing for his own end.

09/07/2017, Stanford News
--Virtual reality alleviates pain, anxiety for pediatric patients
“Many kids associate the hospital with things they deem stressful and scary,” said pediatric anesthesiologist Sam Rodriguez, MD, co-founder of Packard Children’s Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology, or CHARIOT, program, which is leading the VR rollout. “We are finding that the ability to distract these patients with fully immersive, fun and relaxing sensory environments can have a significant impact on the anxiety and pain that they experience during minor procedures, dressing changes and other medical treatments.”

07/26/2017, Stanford News
--Stanford faculty, students and staff win grants to advance diversity
Medicine and the Muse Affiliated Faculty member Yoshiko Matsumoto, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Project: InclusiviTea:  A Project Fostering Inclusivity Through Tea (Chanoyu) Events

Medicine and the Muse Frankenstein@200 Committee member Branislav Jakovljevic, Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, Project: Performance Series: "Vital Signs: Contemporary Performance Art Series"

07/10/2017, Scope
--Stanford medical student juggles his studies, graphic art and numerous extracurriculars
In this Q&A, medical student Ryan Brewster discusses his career in medicine and training in the arts. Sam Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; and James Lock, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are referenced here.

Congratulations to the following Medicine and the Muse Affiliated Faculty won awards this spring:

Andrew Nevins, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching.  

Erika Schillinger, MD, clinical professor of medicine, received the Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Excellence in Advising Medical Students.

Darren Salmi, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery and of pathology, received the Lawrence H. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching and Active Involvement in Medical School Education.

Sakti Srivastava, MD, associate professor of surgery, director of Digital MEdIC and chief of clinical anatomy, received the Award for Excellence in Promotion of the Learning Environment and Student Wellness.

Samuel Rodriguez, MD, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education.

Additionally, BEMH Scholarly Concentration graduate Lindsay Sceats, MD (surgery resident) and Pegasus Physician Writer Jessica Gold, MD (psychiatry resident) won Arnold P. Gold Foundation Awards for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching.

06/09/17, Scope
--"The Still Point" — A performance inspired by pain and love
This post chronicles a recent interactive performance on campus featuring music, art, storytelling and sound painting. Performers included Benjamin Robison, a medical student, and Matthew Wetschler, who is on leave from his residency in emergency medicine.

06/02/17, Scope
--What it is truly like for women doctors: A Stanford resident shares stories of gender in medicine
This blog post highlights a recent Huffington Post piece in which Jessica Gold, Pegasus physician writer and resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, introduces a new series of essays addressing sexism in medicine.

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program; Vice Chair, Stanford SoM Art Committee, has won the 2017 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education. He teaches SOMGEN 213 The Art of Observation: Enhancing Clinical Skills Through Visual Analysis and ANES 75Q The Art of Medical Diagnosis: Enhancing Observational Skills through the Study of Art

05/16/17, Scope
--Sand and waves: A Stanford physician reflects on her heritage
In this post, Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member Diana Farid, a clinical instructor of medicine, reflects on her heritage and how that shaped her journey into medicine.

Scope, 05/02/17
--Annual Medicine & the Muse showcase spotlights Parkinson’s dance program
This year’s Medicine & the Muse event featured a talk and demonstration from David Leventhal, program director of Dance for PD, an international dance program that helps people with Parkinson’s disease remain active and in touch with their bodies. The annual event also featured performances from medical students including Alice Li, Arunima Kohli, and Sheun Aluko.

2017 Medicine & the Muse Symposium Photos

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04/16/17, NPR
--The poetic intimacy of administering anesthesia
In this piece, Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program, discusses art and medicine and shares a poem she authored. 

04/13/17, Scope
--Video game synced with anesthesia administration eases surgery stress for kids
This scopeblog features Medicine and the Muse affiliated faculty and vice-chair of the School of Medicine Art Committee Dr. Sam Rodriguez as well as Dr. Tom Caruso.

03/22/17, Scope
--Bringing innovative education to emergency medicine: A Q&A with a doctor/filmmaker
In this Q&A, Henry Curtis, clinical instructor of emergency medicine, discusses EMED 228: Emergency Video Production, a class that teaches students how to impact emergency care through filmmaking and simulation games.

03/06/17, Scope
--Stanford Medicine students and faculty share immigration stories
In response to the uncertainty surrounding immigration policies in the U.S., medical students and faculty members gathered together to share their stories and performances at an open mic event last week (sponsored by Medicine & the Muse). Dean Lloyd Minor; Jonathan Tijerina, a medical student who organized the event; Viet Nguyen, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences; Lisa Zhang, a medical student; and Diana Farid, clinical instructor of medicine, are referenced here.

03/13/17, Scope
--Teens use photography to depict journeys through chronic pain
This blog post highlights a story from the current issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about children with chronic pain who use photography to convey their experiences to their families and doctors.

03/06/17, Scope
--“You never know what you can learn when treating a rash”: A med student on storytelling
In the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, medical student Ruth Marks writes about her experience offering advice to her grandmother about a rash and about her interest in storytelling. The article is highlighted in this post.

03/01/17, Scope
--Parkinson’s patients find a new rhythm
This blog post highlights a story and accompanying video in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about Dance for PD, an international dance program that helps people with Parkinson’s disease remain active and in touch with their bodies. Helen Bronte-Stewart, who brought the program to Stanford, is the John E. Cahill Family Professor, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and director of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center.

02/27/17, Scope
--“It renewed my energy”: A look at medical students using art to contribute to medicine
This post highlights an article in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about medical students who use art to heal others and channel their creative energies. The article references Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program; Nick Love, medical student; Amrapali Maitra, medical student; Ben Robison, medical student; Matthew Wetschler, resident in emergency medicine; and Michael Nedelman, medical student.

02/23/17, Scope
--Stanford doctor urges the medical humanities are a "must-have"
This blog post highlights a first-person piece in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, in which anesthesiologist and poet Audrey Shafer argues that the medical humanities are a necessary discipline of modern medicine. Shafer is a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program.

02/21/17,  Stanford Medicine press release
--Stanford Medicine magazine looks at what arts, humanities bring to medicine
The winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, which focuses on arts and humanities in medicine, is now available. The magazine features an article on Dance for PD, a program that offers dance classes to people with Parkinson’s disease. It also includes an essay by Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, on including arts and humanities in medical education, and a Q&A with a world-class photographer with a medical degree.

Winter 2017 Stanford Medicine Magazine: Medicine and the muse

We are honored to share the news that the Medicine & the Muse program is the cover story of the Winter 2017 Stanford Medicine Magazine. The magazine features an essay from Dr. Audrey Shafer, founder and leader of the Medicine & the Muse program.

02/13/17, Scope
--Stanford Medicine’s Open Mic: Using music and art to express the human connection
This post by Jacqueline Genovese highlights Stanford School of Medicine’s second Open Mic night that took place earlier this month. Matias Bruzoni, assistant professor of surgery; Shay Aluko, second-year medical student; Kathryn Wu, MD-PhD student; Ryan Brewster, first-year medical student; Andrea Garofalo, first-year medical student; and Jacob Blythe, second-year medical student, are referenced here.

01/31/17, Huffington Post
--The Imperfect Healer
In her latest piece for Huffington Post, Jessi Gold, third year psychiatry resident at Stanford, writes about practicing psychiatry when you are not "completely present" yourself.

Upcoming Events

Videographic Frankenstein
September 26 - October 26, 2018
Dr Sidney & Iris Miller Discussion Space
Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm

An Exhibition of Creative and Scholarly Video
Curated by Shane Denson, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818, Videographic Frankenstein reflects on the novel’s visual legacy across more than a century of adaptation in film, television, and other media. The exhibition foregrounds scholarly and creative work that utilizes digital video for a self-reflexive analysis of moving-image media. This self-reflexive methodology is particularly appropriate for the study of Frankenstein and its many cinematic adaptations: the cinema itself works by stitching together “dead” photographic traces of the past to “animate” its hybrid compositions, and it can therefore be regarded as a “Frankensteinian” technology in its own right. 

Wednesday, October 10 | 5:30pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Jason Mittell
Videographic Deformations: How (and Why) to Break Your Favorite Films

Deformative criticism has emerged as an innovative site of critical practice within media studies and digital humanities, revealing new insights into media texts by “breaking” them in controlled or chaotic ways. Media scholars are particularly well situated to such experimentation, as many of our objects of study exist in digital forms that lend themselves to wide-ranging manipulation. Building on Jason Mittell's experiments with Singin' in the Rain and his "Frankenstein's Television" video (included in Stanford's Videographic Frankenstein exhibit), this presentation discusses a range of deformations applied to film and television, considering what we can learn by breaking a media text in creative and unexpected ways.


Sessions held weekly with live models in pose for life drawing of the human figure.

Free and open to the public. Please bring your own drawing materials.


McMurtry Room 303. 7-9 pm.

October 8, 15, 22, 29

November 5, 12, 26

Green Apple Books - Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

1231 9th Avenue at Lincoln 
San Francisco, CA 94122

United National Association Film Festival at the Stanford Medical School

FRIDAY October 26
Stanford University, Stanford Medical School (Li Ka Shing Center Building) LK130

   4:00 PM In Our Hands (US, 11 min)

In Our Own Hands: How Patients Are Reinventing Medicine opens with an urgent question posed by desperate patients and their families: can new technologies help us treat and prevent the most alarming and perhaps understated health threat that we face? 

         4:20 PM Woody’s Order! (US, 16 min)

For the first time, actress Ann Talman performs her solo show for its muse: her brother with cerebral palsy.

          4:45 PM Generation Zapped (US, 74 min)

Generation Zapped is an eye-opening documentary, which reveals that wireless technology poses serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. 

        6:00 PM Panel “Health Challenges and Technology” (FREE Admission)

        7:30 PM Incurable Optimist (Croatia, 58 min)

Incurable Optimist is a movie about people who survived lethal disease and about optimism that helps us overcome difficult life moments.

        8:40 PM Survivors (Sierra Leone/US, 82 min)

Through the eyes of Sierra Leonean filmmaker Arthur Pratt, Survivors presents a heart-connected portrait of his country during the Ebola outbreak, exposing the complexity of the epidemic and the socio-political turmoil that lies in its wake.

Strangers on the Earth


5:00–7:00 PM


Europe's most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. Accompanied by the vast landscapes of Northern Spain, the haunting music of J.S. Bach for solo cello (performed by Johansen), and the very personal struggles and joys of the many pilgrims encountered along the way, Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the concept of 'journey' and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience.

Please register by November 9 

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Ongoing Events

Dermatology inspired works created for the 2018 International Health Humanities Conference, themed  "Frankenstein@200" by Nick Love. 

More of Nick Love's work can be viewed online here.

Stanford News Center: Mixed-media mosaics of the human body, inspired by Frankenstein 

Weds Night Writes
Every 3rd Weds, starting July 19, 2017
SCBE Conference Room (1215 Welch Rd., Modular A)