“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

03/22/17, Scope
--Bringing innovative education to emergency medicine: A Q&A with a doctor/filmmaker
In this Q&A, Henry Curtis, clinical instructor of emergency medicine, discusses EMED 228: Emergency Video Production, a class that teaches students how to impact emergency care through filmmaking and simulation games.

03/13/17, Scope
--Teens use photography to depict journeys through chronic pain
This blog post highlights a story from the current issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about children with chronic pain who use photography to convey their experiences to their families and doctors.

03/06/17, Scope
--“You never know what you can learn when treating a rash”: A med student on storytelling
In the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, medical student Ruth Marks writes about her experience offering advice to her grandmother about a rash and about her interest in storytelling. The article is highlighted in this post.

03/01/17, Scope
--Parkinson’s patients find a new rhythm
This blog post highlights a story and accompanying video in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about Dance for PD, an international dance program that helps people with Parkinson’s disease remain active and in touch with their bodies. Helen Bronte-Stewart, who brought the program to Stanford, is the John E. Cahill Family Professor, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and director of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center.

02/27/17, Scope
--“It renewed my energy”: A look at medical students using art to contribute to medicine
This post highlights an article in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine about medical students who use art to heal others and channel their creative energies. The article references Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program; Nick Love, medical student; Amrapali Maitra, medical student; Ben Robison, medical student; Matthew Wetschler, resident in emergency medicine; and Michael Nedelman, medical student.

02/23/17, Scope
--Stanford doctor urges the medical humanities are a "must-have"
This blog post highlights a first-person piece in the winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, in which anesthesiologist and poet Audrey Shafer argues that the medical humanities are a necessary discipline of modern medicine. Shafer is a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program.

02/21/17,  Stanford Medicine press release
--Stanford Medicine magazine looks at what arts, humanities bring to medicine
The winter issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, which focuses on arts and humanities in medicine, is now available. The magazine features an article on Dance for PD, a program that offers dance classes to people with Parkinson’s disease. It also includes an essay by Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, on including arts and humanities in medical education, and a Q&A with a world-class photographer with a medical degree.

Winter 2017 Stanford Medicine Magazine: Medicine and the muse

We are honored to share the news that the Medicine & the Muse program is the cover story of the Winter 2017 Stanford Medicine Magazine. The magazine features an essay from Dr. Audrey Shafer, founder and leader of the Medicine & the Muse program.

02/13/17, Scope
--Stanford Medicine’s Open Mic: Using music and art to express the human connection
This post by Jacqueline Genovese highlights Stanford School of Medicine’s second Open Mic night that took place earlier this month. Matias Bruzoni, assistant professor of surgery; Shay Aluko, second-year medical student; Kathryn Wu, MD-PhD student; Ryan Brewster, first-year medical student; Andrea Garofalo, first-year medical student; and Jacob Blythe, second-year medical student, are referenced here.

01/31/17, Huffington Post
--The Imperfect Healer
In her latest piece for Huffington Post, Jessi Gold, third year psychiatry resident at Stanford, writes about practicing psychiatry when you are not "completely present" yourself.

Final writing workshop with Dr. Sharon Bray

12/26/16, ScientificAmerican.com
--Making the case for medical school
In this piece, MD/MBA student Akhilesh Pathipati argues that the field of medicine "continues to be an excellent choice" for students.

12/15/16, Fresh Air (NPR)
--‘Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings and good intentions fueled opioid epidemic
In, "Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop," Anna Lembke (Pegasus Physician writer), assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, explores factors that contributed to the opioid epidemic. She discusses opioids, her work with addicts and her new book in this segment.

New Award to Honor Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience, Nominations Open:
Dr. Eliza Lo Chin, executive director of the American Medical Women’s Association, has initiated a new award, which honors beloved teacher of medical humanities at Stanford, one of the founders of Pegasus Physician Writers and mentor for Stanford Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities medical students: Dr. Larry Zaroff. Dr. Zaroff was an ardent supporter of women in medicine, and always had a session in his classes, including The Human Condition, a course for medical students, about women doctors. Dr. Eliza Lo Chin is the editor of a collection of writings by women physicians (This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine [highly recommended]), and she spoke frequently in Dr. Zaroff’s classes at Stanford.
Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award. Deadline for submitting nominations is December 7, 2016 – please visit https://www.amwa-doc.org/dr-larry-zaroff-man-of-good-conscience-award/ for information and to submit your nomination.

11/01/16, Scope
--Stanford med students hone their storytelling skills under the stars
This piece highlights the first storytelling camping retreat for medical students sponsored by the Medicine and the Muse program at Stanford. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, is mentioned here.

10/19/16, Scope
--Stanford medical student illustrates mnemonics
In this Q&A, second-year medical student Nick Love (BEMH Medscholar) discusses a set of illustrated mnemonics he has created to give students a more entertaining way to memorize anatomy. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, and Sam Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, are referenced here.

10/14/16, Scope
--Physician-writers reflect on uncertainty in medicine
"I don’t know: Uncertainty in medicine,” was the theme of this year's Stanford’s Pegasus Physician Writers reader’s forum held last month. Session moderator Ali Tahvildari, with the Department of Radiology; Jessica Gold, clinical instructor of pediatrics; and medical resident Matt Stevenson, are quoted in this post by Jacqueline Genovese (Assistant Director, Medicine and the Muse)

Congratulations to Jessi Gold (Pegasus Physician member) on the publication of "Inpatient Psychiatry: Not All Needles, Drugs, and Locks" on Huffington Post.

Congratulations to Dr. Lucy Kalanithi on winning the inaugural Consano Ripples of Hope Award! Dr. Ward Trueblood (Pegasus Physician member) is featured in the tribute video.  

Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program recently hosted a two-day What's Your Story? Workshop for Stanford Medical Students (with generous support from the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds and The Marmor Foundation). Please visit the Past Events section on our Writers' Workshops and Event page for additional photos.

09/14/16, ABC News
--Parkinson's patients take to the dance floor
ABC News San Francisco profiled the new dance studio and program at Stanford's Neuroscience Health Center where Parkinson's patients work with professional dancer Damara Vita Ganley. The program called Dance for PD is run by Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart (Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member), who directs the Stanford Movement Disorders Center.

Congratulations to Abraham Verghese, MD (professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, critically acclaimed author, and Medicine and the Muse affiliated faculty member) for his National Humanities Medal. He was honored at a White House ceremony for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience.

Stanford Medicine News article
NBC News article
The American Bazaar article

Upcoming Events

Visions of Warriors
Oakland International Film Festival
Wednesday, 4/5/17, 4:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Holy Names University Bookstore
Purchase tickets HERE

Arunima Kohli's Graduate Voice Recital
Sunday, April 23, 7:30pm
Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University
Free admission

Arunima, BEMH concentrator and med student, will be singing an eclectic program focused on the intersection of medicine and music.  

MEDICINE and the MUSE: An Arts, Humanities, and Medicine Symposium:
April 27, 2017, 5:30PM
LKSC Berg Hall

Featured Speaker: David Leventhal (Director, Dance for PD [Parkinson's Disease])

Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care are proud to present
Creating a Healing Environment:
from Designing space to Delivering Care

June 2, 2017
Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University

Abstract Submission: Deadline November 14, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Ongoing Events

JANUARY 25, 2017
"Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation"
Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University

FEBRUARY 8, 2017
"Auditory verbal hallucinations across the wellness spectrum: Leveraging Human Neuroscience to Fathom the Unfathomable"
Judith Ford, Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

FEBRUARY 22, 2017
“‘Learning to experience’: Metacognition and romanticism in Mindfulness‐based Cognitive Therapy.”
Joanna Cook, Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at University College London

MARCH 1, 2017
“Divine Dreamwork: Cultivation of Visions by a Fourteenth‐century French Monk.”
Clare Fanger, Associate Professor of Religion, Rice University

MARCH 15, 2017
“The Garden Next Door: How One Woman Was Struck by Lightning, Talked to God, and Came Back to Dream the Future.”
Jeffrey Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University