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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* Dr. Louise Aronson, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated Elderhood

* Thomas McMahon, Ed.D Former CEO and executive with Starbucks and Grocery Outlet, U.S. Marine veteran and leader in the field of entrepreneurship and change.

* David J. Evans IV,  co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

* Dr. Thomas Krummel, Emile Holman Professor and Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine - Department of Surgery (Emeritus), currently creating his own next phase adventure in Austin, Texas.


Stanford employees can use their STAP funds, with manager approval.

Questions? Contact: Jacqueline Genovese,


Announcing: The Inaugural Fall Concert, Stanford School of Medicine Orchestra & Chorus 

Under the direction of Minseung Choi and Terrance Yan respectively, the Chorus and Orchestra are comprised of students, faculty and staff from the School of Medicine and Stanford Hospitals.
Both endeavors grew out of the response to the Stanford Medicine Stuck@Home Concert series, which served to unite our community during the difficult and uncertain time of the COVID19 pandemic.


November 9, 2022 | 7:30pm Bing Concert Hall 

The Dr. Paul Kalanithi Writing Award is now open.

Paul Kalanithi was a physician writer and neurosurgery resident at Stanford University. In the final years of his training, he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. His memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, beautifully chronicles his reflections on living with illness and the meaning of legacy. The Paul Kalanithi Writing Award was created in his memory. 

Submission requirements and previous winners

Submit by: January 8, 2023

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.

“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

8/30/2022 Finding Humanity and Meaning in Medicine —Physician-engineer Bryant Lin, MD, on finding a human connection  on Medpage Today, The Doctor's Art: on Meaning in Medicine. 

8/09/2022 Why is it so difficult to be nice? —Audrey Shafer, MD discusses health humanities with Henry Bair & Tyler Johnson, MD on Medpage Today, The Doctor's Art: on Meaning in Medicine. 

5/17/2022 In photos: Stanford community celebrates health and wellness, Scope Blog. By Hanae Armitage

5/17/2022 Brian Smith is a first-year medical student at Stanford. Listen to his essay, Shame Off You on KQED,  Perspectives.

5/16/2022 Ben Teasdale is a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied history and philosophy of medicine. Ben's essay, The Astronaut  appears in the Spring issue of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

4/5/2022 Congratulations to steering committee member Dr. Alyssa Burgart on their Medical Staff Impact Award, Dr. Adjoa Boateng on her The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award, and Director Dr. Bryant Lin on his Stanford Asian American Faculty Award.

4/4/2022 How a Stanford med student used her experiences to write a heist caper and score a Netflix deal, Stanford medical humanities and the arts student Grace Li on her new novel, "Portrait of a Thief.” 

3/3/2022 The honor and obligation of being Black in a white coat, Black physicians and alumni of Stanford Medicine discussed their experiences in the medical profession, from serving as role models to feeling isolated.

2/10/2022 Episode 33: Hot Topics Mini-Series, Medicine and the Muse, Stanford Medcast with Dr. Bryant Lin

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

Aiming Higher After 50: What Comes Next?

Saturday, October 15, 2022

 8AM-1:30PM PST

Virtual Conference | Register here

Stanford School of Medicine Inagural Orchestra and Chorus Concert 

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022


In-person | Purchase tickets 

Informational Session for *NEW* Stanford Medicine Orchestra
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Informational Session for *NEW* Stanford Medicine Chorus
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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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The following events were postponed in 2020:

Stanford Medicine Symphony Inaugural Concert (Coming Fall 2022!)

March 19 Screening of RARE in Redwood City (rescheduling TBA)

We apologize for the cancellation, postponement, or necessary alteration of events. Many thanks for your understanding.