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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An exploration of the future of healthcare.

Join conversations with thought leaders from academia, business, policy, and journalism as they present their Big Ideas that will shape the future of medicine.

September 9-10, 2023


Saturday, September 9

Theme 1: Big Data & AI | Theme 2: Health Equity

Sunday, September 10

Theme 3: Aging & Longevity | Theme 4: Oncology

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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

June 8, 2020

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.

Program Features and News

3/15/2023 Scientists Dance the Beautiful Brain

"I don't think there's a better art than dance to portray the brain. Neuroscience examines emotions, thinking, logic, sensing, movement; everything essential about being human. And all of it can be portrayed through dance," said Stanford Medicine molecular and cell biologist Molika Sinha, who spoke and danced at the event.

3/14/2023 'What Looks Like Bravery' explains how achievement can't protect us from grief

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Laurel Braitman about her memoir, What Looks Like Bravery: An Epic Journey Through Loss to Love.

1/25/2023 ‘Salt in My Soul’ pulls heartstrings while spreading chronic disease awareness

Mallory Smith ’14 was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), the leading genetic cause of death for children in the United States. Her doctors expected to have a cure by the time she was an adult. Yet, despite all medical efforts, she died at the age of 25, leaving her legacy in secret, handwritten diaries and audio recordings.

11/8/2022 A New Orchestra and Chorus Bring a Medical Community Together

Remarkably, the musicians in the Bay Area’s newest orchestra and chorus spend the majority of their waking hours not in rehearsal halls but in doctors’ offices, hospitals, medical clinics, and classrooms. Formed in response to the isolation people worldwide have experienced during the pandemic, the Stanford Medicine Chorus and Stanford Medicine Orchestra hold as a fundamental principle a mission to counteract the exactitude and solitary focus of medical training and specialty expertise. 

11/2/2022 Healing in harmony: Stanford medicine faculty, students and staff debut new orchestra and chorus

“I think there are many similarities between playing music and performing surgery or science. They’re creative in different ways and I think creativity is a common theme,” Steinberg said.

11/1/2022 We Are Stanford Med: Melanie Ambler

They’re students, clinicians, scientists and researchers. They’re also artists, influencers, patients, scholars and advocates. They hail from all over the globe and come to Stanford Medicine carrying big ideas and dreams. With passions that stretch beyond the lab, classroom and clinic, they share their “why” as they pursue science and medicine.

10/25/2022 Stanford Medicine wins national awards for COVID-19 remembrance project and work by media creators

CASE honored the institution with a grand gold-level Circle of Excellence award in the category for multiday, in-person special events for the COVID-19 remembrance project, “Apart-Together.” The program was spearheaded by the Medicine and the Muse program, the medical school’s home for arts and humanities.

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Upcoming Events

EquityTech Panel Discussion

May 18, 2023 | 6PM PT

Location: LKSC Berg Hall

Featuring: Afia Asomoah, JD: Co-Founder of Waymark, Healthcare Technology Leader, Member, Board of Directors, LPCH.

Pierre Theodore MD, Executive Director of Health Equity and Patient Impact, Genentech and Stanford Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Registration  

Sponsored by: Dept of Anesthesiology’s Diversity Council, the Black Faculty Affinity Meetings, the Stanford SOM Chapter of SNMA and MedMuse

Big Ideas in Medicine Conference: An Exploration of the Future of Healthcare

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence | Health Equity | Aging and Longevity | Oncology 

September 9-10, 2023 

Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford, CA

In-person | More info & registration

Co-hosted by the Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts Program, the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Center for Population Health Sciences, and the Center for Asian Health Research and Education

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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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