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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Featured Event

Covid-19 Remembrance Project

Photograph by Christine Baker 

Using art as the catalyst, this art installation is about community engagement and joining together to create, reflect, and work towards healing. Everyone is invited to paint a petal that will join other people's petals to form a field of flowers. Six hundred flowers will represent the more than 600,000 lives lost to COVID in the US. The flowers will be placed by the Angel of Grief statue on October 6, 2021.

To learn more about this activity, don't hesitate to get in touch with the artist, Lauren Toomer, with any questions.

Please complete this form to participate if you are part of the main campus, and this form if you are part of the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care. | View short film about the project.

Featured Artwork: Symposium 2021

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

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!  

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.

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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

Stuck@Home @Bing Concert

October 4, 2021 | 7:30PM

We've come a long way since March, 2020! To honor and thank all employees who have been on the frontlines during this difficult year as well as our Stuck@Home Virtual Concert series performers and fans, and to welcome back to campus returning students and employees, we are partnering with Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall to bring you an in-person concert featuring previous Stuck@Home performers from the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford University. Very special and heartfelt thanks to our friends and colleagues at Stanford Live for making this live concert possible.


Covid19 Remembrance Project Memorial Installation Ceremony 

October 6, 2021 | 5:15PM

This fall, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health and Stanford University warmly invite you to the installation ceremony for the COVID-19 Remembrance Art installation near the Angel of Grief statue. With special speakers: Dean Lloyd Minor and Provost Persis Drell with music by St. Lawrence String Quartet. 

Please register to attend.

Dedication of the Renewal Memorial installation 

October 8, 2021 | 12PM

Join us for the dedication of the Renewal Memorial installation in recognition of the Anatomy and Willed Body Programs, at installation in the courtyard of the Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CSSR) Building at 269 Campus Drive.

Renewal is comprised of 77 bricks salvaged from the rubble of the original Anatomy Building by Dr. Don Prolo (MD ’61). Designed by Lauren Toomer, a Stanford Alumnus and teacher of the Art and Anatomy class, the sculpture was inspired by the waveforms of heart beats on a vitals monitor.

Details to follow.

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 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.