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 Events

Medicine & the Muse Virtual Symposium

April 24 | 11AM- 12:30PM PDT

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We are proud to announce 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. In deference to physical distancing, this symposium will take place virtually.

This year, Symposium features 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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/


Stuck@Home Concert

Featuring: Dr. Seema Yasmin reading an excerpt from her book of poetry, If God Was a Virus, and musical performances by Stanford colleagues.

April 22| 5:30-6:30 PDT

This event is free. Register here.

2020 Kalanithi Writing Award Winners!

Join us for a virtual reading from this year's winners. Readers will include: Laura Pritchett, Leilani Graham, Kushal Kadakia, Richard Wu, Brian Smith and live music.

May 6 | 5:30-6:30 PDT

This event is free. Register here.

Note, the registration page will read Stuck@Home Concert, but you're in the right place. We're presenting the Kalanithi Awards as a Stuck@Home performance.

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.

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

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. 


12/25/2020 Stanford physicians unite to bring cheer during the pandemic
Dr. Matias Bruzoni, Margarita Gallardo and daughters, and our ED Jacqueline Genovese on KCBS radio


12/14/2020 Episode 27: Stories from the Front Line with Dr. Audrey Shafer (and Amrapali Maitra MD) But Really, How Are You? Podcast. Recorded July 2020. 


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

A Social Autopsy of Medicine in the Time of George Floyd

Please join the Medical Humanities Workshop, led by Professor Duana Fullwiley. 

We will be working from prompts that explore the concept of the "social autopsy." Specifically, we will write into the possibility of performing an autopsy on medical knowledge itself (its toxins, sick organs, evidence of malfunction) and the links between medicine and power. Lastly, we will also work from excerpts of texts where writers still imagine and chart possibilities for healing and care in a world marked by anti-blackness. 

Open to everyone (students, postdocs, faculty and staff.) NOTE: This workshop is on Friday, April 16th from noon-2pm.  Please RSVP to Elix, elcolon@stanford.edu by April 14th.

This event is free.


Medicine & the Muse Medical Humanities Symposium

We are proud to announce 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. This year, Symposium features keynote, Pádraig Ó Tuama, host of the Poetry Unbound podcast.

April 24, 2021

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This event is free | Register here.

 


Medicine & the Muse presents the Kalanithi Writing Award 2020

Please join us for a wonderful night of live readings from the Kalanithi Writing Award winners and live music. Readers will include: Laura Pritchett, Leilani Graham, Kushal Kadakia, Richard Wu, Brian Smith

May 6, 2021

5:30-6:30 PDT

This event is free | Register here.

Note, the registration page will read Stuck@Home Concert, but you're in the right place.

 

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.

April 3, 2021

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.

April 22, 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.