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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Featured Event

Stanford Medicine Stuck@Home Concert

February 18 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM (PST)

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Learn about the Concert series here. View some December Concert highlights here!

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

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

Featured Artwork: The Voices Community Project


is a response to the tragic deaths of so many black and brown Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Aubery in 2020. As we looked into the issue of police violence, it became abundantly clear that there are many public health issues contributing to the 1099 deaths of individuals killed by police in 2019. We say the names of some of those killed by police in 2019 to shine a light on the broken systems of mental health support, substance abuse, gun control, and the criminal justice system. It will take all of us working together to address these issues, and we can start by recognizing that racism exists and sharing some of the names of those whose lives were ended in 2019. Produced by Kristina Bacon, class of 2023.

Rally by the Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine department. 

We at Medicine & the Muse join Stanford Medicine and its departments in denouncing the societal and structural racism that leads to violence against Black Americans. This systemic racism also leads to widespread health inequalities: a higher death rate from COVID-19, misconceptions about pain perception, and for Black women, a much higher breast cancer death rate. The list goes on. We at Medicine & the Muse stand for inclusion, diversity, respect, and justice. We stand with our Black friends, colleagues, patients, students, trainees, and others who are suffering.

June 8, 2020

Program Features and News

1/26/2021 Coffee with a Colleague 
Jacqueline Genovese in conversation with Sarah Berry about her work as Executive Director of the Medical Humanities and Arts program at Stanford, physician and veteran educator, and author of a memoir in progress about family and cancer.

1/10/2021 Democracy and the health of a nation 
Dr. Audrey Shafer reflects on health and diversity after the January 6 events at the capitol. 

12/25/2020 Stanford physicians unite to bring cheer during the pandemic
Dr. Matias Bruzoni, Margarita Gallardo and daughters, and our ED Jacqueline Genovese on KCBS radio

12/14/2020 Episode 27: Stories from the Front Line with Dr. Audrey Shafer (and Amrapali Maitra MD) But Really, How Are You? Podcast. Recorded July 2020. 

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

Upcoming Events

The Medical Humanities Workshop Series: Conversations around unexpected intersections.

This week, we'll be in conversation with Priscilla Wald. She has published widely on the intersections of science, medicine, law, and literature.

February 24, 2021

5:30-6:30PM PDT
This event is free | Email to RSVP | Full Winter Quarter schedule here

Parenting Playbook Experience (PPE) Live Theater! 

Parenting is tough, even more so during a pandemic. Join us virtually for live theater vignettes about communication between parents and young adult children about tough topics, with helpful “playbook” suggestions and a Q&A.

Featuring: Sikhs in the Spotlight performing “Path to Success” featuring Stanford students JJ Kapur and Amol Singh.

Stanford CHIPAO performing “Anti-Racism 101” featuring Dr. Rona Hu and Stanford medical student Bright Zhou.

March 11, 2021

5:30-6:30PM PDT
This event is free | Register here | Share on Facebook

Ongoing 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.

February 20, 2021

10AM – 11AM PST

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Stuck@Home Virtual Concert

We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times.

February 18, 2021

5:30PM – 6:30PM PST
This event is free and open to the public.
Register here.

The following events were postponed in 2020:

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.