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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Announcing: Storytelling and Medicine Summer Program

Stanford University’s eight-week virtual program in Medical Humanities emphasizes study in creative expression—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, dance, visual art, podcasting, and more—that encourages students to explore through stories and lectures the complex influences of medicine, art, and the human experience. 

Learn more about the Storytelling and Medicine Summer Scholar Program by checking out the brochure, exploring our unique world-class faculty, Laurel Braitman PhDAnimal MadnessDanielle Ofri MDWhat Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, Lucy Kalanithi MDWhen Breath Becomes Air, and learning about our Med Scholars Program for current medical students. 

Deadline extended: Feb 1, 2023

More information and apply here!

The Dr. Paul Kalanithi Writing Award is now closed. Thank you for your submissions!

Paul Kalanithi was a physician writer and neurosurgery resident at Stanford University. In the final years of his training, he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. His memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, beautifully chronicles his reflections on living with illness and the meaning of legacy. The Paul Kalanithi Writing Award was created in his memory. 

Previous winners

Winners will be announced: March 11, 2023

June 8, 2020

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.

“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

11/8/2022 A New Orchestra and Chorus Bring a Medical Community Together

Remarkably, the musicians in the Bay Area’s newest orchestra and chorus spend the majority of their waking hours not in rehearsal halls but in doctors’ offices, hospitals, medical clinics, and classrooms. Formed in response to the isolation people worldwide have experienced during the pandemic, the Stanford Medicine Chorus and Stanford Medicine Orchestra hold as a fundamental principle a mission to counteract the exactitude and solitary focus of medical training and specialty expertise. 

11/2/2022 Healing in harmony: Stanford medicine faculty, students and staff debut new orchestra and chorus

“I think there are many similarities between playing music and performing surgery or science. They’re creative in different ways and I think creativity is a common theme,” Steinberg said.

11/1/2022 We Are Stanford Med: Melanie Ambler

They’re students, clinicians, scientists and researchers. They’re also artists, influencers, patients, scholars and advocates. They hail from all over the globe and come to Stanford Medicine carrying big ideas and dreams. With passions that stretch beyond the lab, classroom and clinic, they share their “why” as they pursue science and medicine.

10/25/2022 Stanford Medicine wins national awards for COVID-19 remembrance project and work by media creators

CASE honored the institution with a grand gold-level Circle of Excellence award in the category for multiday, in-person special events for the COVID-19 remembrance project, “Apart-Together.” The program was spearheaded by the Medicine and the Muse program, the medical school’s home for arts and humanities.

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Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion "Salt in My Soul" Film

Jan 23, 2023 | 7-8:30 pm

Oak West, Tresidder

View film online before the event on Stanford Kanopy

 Event Flyer 


Feb 5, 2023 | 9am-4pm

Pie Ranch, Pescadero, CA

In-person | Register by enrolling in  PEDS 231

CONDUIT: An evening of Neuroscience Research and Dance 

 March 3, 2023 | Evening TBD

Stanford, CA

In-person | Contact for more information

Informational Session for *NEW* Stanford Medicine Orchestra
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Informational Session for *NEW* Stanford Medicine Chorus
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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

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