A committee to promote the intersections of the arts with medicine for and by members of the department. Precovid, the committee organized spring Arts and Anesthesia Soirées and create art together sessions for department members and their families. Opportunities for leadership roles and for sharing visual, performing and literary arts. An online version of the Soirée occurred in 2020, and plans for in-person events, including a focus on diversity, are underway.
The home for medical humanities at the School of Medicine, the program provides multiple opportunities for faculty to engage with arts and humanities, including a choir and chorus, writing and storytelling workshops and events, mentorship for medical students doing projects in medical humanities and arts through the medical scholars program, teaching and mentoring within courses for medical, PA, undergraduate and summer scholar students, engagement with University-wide projects such as COVID remembrance, podcasting and more. Opportunities include becoming affiliated faculty. Resources include an online list of publications which accept creative work.
A six-month certificate program in Medical Humanities and Health Communication for Stanford University School of Medicine faculty. Designed for faculty who wish to build their academic portfolio in medical humanities, with mentorship in writing and the creative arts. The first cohort will meet evenings twice a month January to June 2024; the application deadline for the first cycle is November 10, 2023. Contact your Division Chief or the Chair regarding your participation and program fee coverage.
An ongoing workshop series for faculty and students sponsored by Stanford Humanities Center. Hybrid format. 3 meetings per quarter with local and outside speakers on a range of topics in Medical Humanities. Opportunities to network in medical humanities across the University.
Offered via Medicine and the Muse and the WellMD Center, this series is open to faculty only. A syllabus of readings is provided, and discussion sessions are led by two experts. The course meets monthly, usually January through June, and dinner is provided. CME currently available.
Open to physicians, medical and pre-medical students, Pegasus offers the opportunity to join an ongoing writing workshop for sharing and improving your writing and giving feedback to others in your group. Participants are assigned to a group that meets monthly, each group has presentation schedules and leaders. Pegasus also offers events open to the public with opportunities to read your work to a receptive audience. Events include readings, poetry and music with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and book readings.
Program Length and Participation Requirements: Monthly Meetings
A required course for clinical medical students, this course meets on set Fridays throughout the year and focuses on the wider context of medicine, the experience of healthcare, and the complexities of medical education. Attention to the lived experience of illness, the impact of racism on health, the history of medicine and health disparities. Opportunities for faculty to present their scholarly work and engage with students outside the clinical arena.
For more information contact:
Previous Attendees: Samuel Rodriguez, MD, Vivianne Tawfik ,MD, PhD
ANES70Q: Critical Illness: Patients, Physicians, and Society
An undergraduate course consisting of a small group seminar focusing on topics related to critical illness – emphasizing the humanism and social aspects of medicine. Previous topics covered included palliative care, ethics, brain death, advanced directives, medical errors, social work, response during covid 19, narrative writing, design strategies for med device development in the ICU, cardiac assist device decision management, allocation of resources, patient’s perspectives, and quality improvement.
The Art of Observation: Enhancing Clinical Skills Through Visual Analysis
Offers medical students the opportunity to enhance their observational and descriptive abilities by analyzing works of art in the Stanford museums. Working with the Cantor Arts Center staff and Stanford Art History PhD candidates, students spend time in each session actively looking at and describing works in the gallery. Discussion with medical school faculty follows, providing a clinical correlate to the gallery session. Classes interrogate a different theme of medical observation and clinical practice and includes opportunities for an applied clinical session in the hospital with course-affiliated physicians.
An annual writing contest for unpublished short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry “addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness.” Sponsored by Medicine and the Muse.
A planned annual celebration of Black artists (visual, written, spoken, literary) throughout the Stanford enterprise. Previously cohosted by the Stanford Department of Anesthesia, GME office and Medicine & the Muse.
Contact Jacqueline Genovese, MFA, MA or Adjoa Boateng Evans, MD, MPH for more information.
Many medical and health humanities journals publish short fiction, creative nonfiction (e.g., reflective essays), poetry, images of visual art or combinations. Broad scope journals including JAMA, Academic Medicine, and Lancet have sections for such creative and reflective work. Anesthesia specific journals with such sections include Anesthesia and Analgesia (The Human Experience) and Anesthesiology. An online list is maintained by Medicine and the Muse. Written work can be workshopped before submission by joining Pegasus Physician Writers. Faculty have also initiated writing via the Writing Medicine online workshop, then edited prior to submission and publication.