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 Events

Stuck@Home Concert and Panel Honoring Asian Grandmothers

Join us! With welcome remarks by Dean Minor for the panel, which includes Fiona Ma, the California State Treasurer, and Lillian Sing, California’s first judge of Asian descent. 

The event was inspired by Xiao Zhen Xie, the Asian grandmother who was attacked in San Francisco and fought back, and who then donated the $1 million raised on her behalf to StopAsianHate efforts. We will have a video from her grandson during the concert portion of the evening.

May 20 | 5:30-7:30 PDT

This event is free. Register here.


Storytelling and Q&A with author Janice Nimura

Join us for virtual storytelling with award-winning author Janice Nimura about the first women doctors who entered med school. This talk is about The Doctors Blackwell, two sisters who brought medicine to women and women to medicine. 

May 25 | 10-11am 

This event is free. Register here.


Theater of War Frontline

Dramatic readings of Sophocles' Philoctetes and Women of Trachis as a catalyst for a discussion about the impact of Covid-19.

Theater of War for Frontline is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help nurses, doctors, first responders, and other health care professionals, along with concerned citizens and those impacted by COVID-19, engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featuring performances by Frances McDormand, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Frankie Faison, and David Strathairn.

May 27 | 6-8pm PDT

This event is hosted by UCSF Health, and Stanford School of Medicine: Medical Humanities and the Arts Program (Medicine & the Muse) and is free and open to the public. Register here


Featured Artwork: Parenting Playbook Experience

"PPE"

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.

Our asynchronous 2021 Symposium online gallery of creative and scholarly work in medical humanities is now open. Come take a scroll!

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

-Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/04/06/the-humanities-and-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


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!


1/26/2021 Coffee with a Colleague 
Jacqueline Genovese in conversation with Sarah Berry about her work as Executive Director of the Medical Humanities and Arts program at Stanford, physician and veteran educator, and author of a memoir in progress about family and cancer.


1/10/2021 Democracy and the health of a nation 
Dr. Audrey Shafer reflects on health and diversity after the January 6 events at the capitol. 


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.  

We follow all guidelines and policies from Stanford University. Stanford COVID-19 information can be found at healthalerts.stanford.edu.

Upcoming Events

Medical Humanities, a Stanford Humanities Center Research Workshop

Conversation and Q&A with Rebecca Lester.  In this talk, speaking as an ethnographer, a clinician, and a former eating disorder patient, she reflects on her research experience and sets out a number of guiding principles for doing ethically engaged research.

May 5, 2021

5:30 pm PDT

This event is free | Register here.


Theater of War Frontline

Dramatic readings of Sophocles' Philoctetes and Women of Trachis as a catalyst for a discussion about the impact of Covid-19.

Featuring performances by Frances McDormand, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Frankie Faison, and David Strathairn.

May 27 | 6-8pm PDT

This event is hosted by UCSF Health, and Stanford School of Medicine: Medical Humanities and the Arts Program (Medicine & the Muse) and is free and open to the public. 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.

Saturdays

10AM – 11AM PST

Sign up at writingmedicine.org for login details

Stuck@Home Virtual Concert

We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times.

May 20, 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)

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.