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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The Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine and the Muse are pleased to announce an internal search for a new faculty level position: Director, Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts.

Note: The application period is now closed. Only current Stanford School of Medicine faculty are eligible to apply. Deadline: April 15, 2021.

Featured Event

Symposium 2021 is archived online!

This year, Symposium featured keynote, Pádraig Ó Tuama, host of the Poetry Unbound podcast with On Being Studios and in late 2019 was named Theologian in Residence for On Being, innovating in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. 

This year’s annual Medicine & the Muse Symposium, a celebration of the many artistic, literary, musical and other creative scholarly talents at the Stanford School of Medicine took place virtually on April 24, 2021 in deference to physical distancing. 

Visit the online art gallery of student work. | View Symposium highlights.

Featured Artwork: Parenting Playbook Experience


Live theater vignettes about cross-generational communication on tough topics, with helpful “playbook” suggestions and a Q&A. Stanford CHIPAO performed “Anti-Racism 101” feat. Dr. Rona Hu and Bright Zhou Sikhs in the Spotlight performed “Path to Success” feat. Amol Singh, JJ Kapur, and Dr. Rona Hu.

Anti-Racist Resources

Medicine & the Muse joins the Asian Staff Forum and the Filipino American Community at Stanford in expressing our sorrow and alarm at this tragedy, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the recent shooting in Atlanta. 

We recognize that Stanford’s Asian American community and their allies are distressed by these acts of violence, and we are providing specific resources and action steps below. These resources should not be considered exclusive to the AAPI community, and we encourage you to share them broadly. The A3C also provides a comprehensive list of resources that staff and students can access.

  • Tap into Stanford-provided mental health resources, including the Faculty Staff Help Center and the new MeruHealth resource, a 12-week online program for your mental health needs.
    • Create spaces. If you are a manager or instructor, let your AAPI employees know that it’s okay to take time away from work for self-care and offer time to your students to process what is happening or to attend an event. 
    • Speak up when you hear someone expressing discriminatory ideas about Asians. There have been reports on campus of people referring to Asians by slanting their eyes. Don’t overlook these harmful microaggressions and instead confront them in the moment.  Consider joining free workshops on bystander intervention, conflict de-escalation, and how to respond to harassment.

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

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

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

5/23/2021 Stanford Medicine Stuck@Home Concert segment celebrates Asian grandmothers, youth activism
Medicine & the Muse joined with Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) for a two-hour virtual ceremony featured performances by over a dozen Bay Area community members and Stanford affiliates, followed by a panel of six women who discussed the experiences of Asian-American women across generations. Watch the concert & panel here

4/29/2021 Remembering the victims of COVID-19 through site-specificity
Stanford Medicine, including Medicine and the Muse, and the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life partnered to create the COVID-19 Remembrance Project, which honors the numerous lives lost during the past year to the coronavirus.

4/20/2021 Recognition of the power of music in medicine is growing
Lloyd Minor MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine shares a personal narrative about his experience playing the cello and the therapeutic benefits of music, dance and art, as well as the role of arts and humanities in medical education.

4/09/2020 Seven Stanford scholars awarded Guggenheim Fellowships. Congratluations to affiliated faculty Lochlann Jain and Daniel Mason!

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.  

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Upcoming Events

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.


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.

July 1, 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 2021/22)

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.