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: The Dr. Paul Kalanithi Writing Award Recipients, 2021

First place: Sliding Down | Michael Rabow, MD

Second place: Silver | Hannah Joyner

Third place: Of Seeds | Rachael Peckham, PhD

Honorable mention: How to Deal with Charon | Brian Smith, Medical Student

The winning pieces will be posted on our website on May 23.

Thank you to everyone who submitted work this year. Making art is hard, but perhaps even more essential during a pandemic. We are deeply grateful.

Our annual award reading was virtual this year. This event has passed. 

May 23 | 6PM PT 

Medicine & the Muse Annual Symposium

Saturday, May 14, 2022 

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This year, Symposium featured keynote,  Dr. Emily Silverman, an internal medicine physician at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and creator of the medical storytelling live show and podcast, The Nocturnists.

The theme of this year’s Symposium was “Flames in the Night: The Joy of Storytelling.” 

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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

“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

5/17/2022 In photos: Stanford community celebrates health and wellness, Scope Blog. By Hanae Armitage

5/17/2022 Brian Smith is a first-year medical student at Stanford. Listen to his essay, Shame Off You on KQED,  Perspectives.

5/16/2022 Ben Teasdale is a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he studied history and philosophy of medicine. Ben's essay, The Astronaut  appears in the Spring issue of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

4/5/2022 Congratulations to steering committee member Dr. Alyssa Burgart on their Medical Staff Impact Award, Dr. Adjoa Boateng on her The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award, and Director Dr. Bryant Lin on his Stanford Asian American Faculty Award.

4/4/2022 How a Stanford med student used her experiences to write a heist caper and score a Netflix deal, Stanford medical humanities and the arts student Grace Li on her new novel, "Portrait of a Thief.” 

3/3/2022 The honor and obligation of being Black in a white coat, Black physicians and alumni of Stanford Medicine discussed their experiences in the medical profession, from serving as role models to feeling isolated.

2/10/2022 Episode 33: Hot Topics Mini-Series, Medicine and the Muse, Stanford Medcast with Dr. Bryant Lin

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Upcoming Events

Fifth Annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum 

Friday, June 3 | 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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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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The following events were postponed in 2020:

Stanford Medicine Symphony Inaugural Concert (Coming Fall 2022!)

March 19 Screening of RARE in Redwood City (rescheduling TBA)

We apologize for the cancellation, postponement, or necessary alteration of events. Many thanks for your understanding.