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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Being Black in a White Coat at Stanford Medicine : Past | Present | Future

Medicine & the Muse is pleased to co-sponsor a special panel discussion in celebration of Black History Month. 

Feb 28, 2022 |6-7:15PM

Virtual event, register here.

The first fifty medical students and residents who register will receive DoorDash ($30.00). 

Artwork and Highlight Video

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.

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

“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

10/18/2021 Hospital musicians ease the stress on weary workers Their study found that 30 minutes of live therapeutic music reduced the frontline COVID workers’ perceived stress by 44.74%.

10/13/2021 ‘Renewal’ sculpture on Stanford School of Medicine campus honors anatomy donors Using bricks salvaged from a demolished anatomy building, art and anatomy lecturer Lauren Toomer created “Renewal,” now gracing the medical school campus.

10/8/2021 Stuck@Home virtual concert series marks return to campus with live performance The Medicine & the Muse Program’s Stuck@Home virtual concert series features the artistic talents of the Stanford community. After more than a year online, they had their first in-person performance at Bing Concert Hall.

08/25/2021 Bryant Lin, MD, Named Director of Medical Humanities and Arts Bryant Lin, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, has been named Director of Medical Humanities and Arts within the Center for Biomedical Ethics. Welcome Bryant! 

6/9/2021 Medicine & the Muse was awarded two educational awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE): Gold Award for the MedMuse 4 U newsletter for digital communications and Bronze Award for the Stuck@Home Virtual Concert series for special events (online). Congratulations to all winners!  

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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

Being White in a Black Coat at Stanford Medicine : Past | Present | Future
Virtual Panel Discussion | Feb 28, 2022 6-7:15
Register here.

Announcing the virtual 10th International Health Humanities Consortium Conference
March 25 – 27, 2022
Register here.

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 (likely postponed to 2022/23)

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.