The Medical Humanities & the Arts Program (MedMuse) 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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Dorothy Summers 2nd Annual Art Prize Virtual Award Ceremony | July 17, 2024

6PM PT | Virtual Event

The prize is named in honor of Dorothy Summers, the mother of Dr. Audrey Shafer, the founder of the Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts Program. Dorothy Summers was a visual artist and costume designer who inspired both of her daughters to pursue their dreams, in both art and medicine.

Theme: Art Inspired by or Related to Health Care Education, Experience or Practice


Stanford Big Ideas in Medicine Conference September 6-7, 2024

In-person, Berg Hall, LKSC, Stanford School of Medicine

Sept 5 Future of Medicine Workshop: Generative AI (Conference ad-on)

This multidisciplinary event brings together students, researchers, clinicians, and industry leaders to explore the most pressing issues facing medicine in our time. This year our keynote speaker is Amir Dan Rubin. 

This year’s themes include:

  • Early Diagnostics
  • Primary Care
  • AI/Digital Health
  • Mental Health

  • Students! Present Your Work: Share your groundbreaking research or innovative project to an influential audience. Student poster submission deadline: June 21, 2024 

    Amir Dan Rubin has focused his career on helping transform healthcare. He launched Healthier Capital to partner with technology-powered innovators to advance healthier outcomes for all. Amir previously served as Chair & CEO of the technology-enabled primary care company, One Medical, which he took public in 2020 and sold to Amazon for $3.9B in the beginning of 2023. 

Tickets are available at early bird rates until June 30, 2024!


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

-Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

Program News

01/29/2024 Perfect scores and painting with patients: Meet the 2024 Churchill Scholars

Toomer noted Shi’s “unique ability to harmonize the sciences with art.” She invited Shi to be an artist-researcher for Portrait Project, a Medicine and the Muse project she co-leads. As part of the project, Shi creates art pieces with Stanford Hospital in-patients at their bedside.

12/05/2023 Can art aid in healing? Portrait Project is using AI, traditional art to find out

Smith and other researchers with Stanford Medicine are helping patients use AI image-generation software as part of a unique study. The goal of the Portrait Project, created by the Stanford Medicine and the Muse program, is to quantify how creating art aids patients in their recovery.

11/05/2023 Healing through storytelling

Author and teacher Laurel Braitman, PhD, shares how writing can help medical professionals cope with loss and grief.

9/12/2023 Leaders discuss AI, equity, aging and cancer at first Big Ideas in Medicine conference

Physicians, researchers and other pacesetters describe some of the most promising pursuits in the medical field. In cancer, for instance: ‘Let’s kill the first cell, not the last cell.’

9/10/23 Healthcare Isn't 'Broken' — It's Fragmented

— How do we dig ourselves out? by Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD

7/27/2023 Storytelling: The Oldest Medical Technology

— Laurel Braitman, PhD, on how creative writing can help clinicians

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.

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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