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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Student Symposium featuring the Stanford Medicine Orchestra

April 10, 2024 | 6:30 pm PT

We are proud to announce this year’s annual Medicine & the Muse Student Symposium, a celebration of the many artistic, literary, musical and other creative scholarly talents at the Stanford School of Medicine. 

Register here, tickets are free for Stanford students | Location: Bing Concert Hall


Summer Programs 2024

Applications are now open

Our summer programs offer experiences for student in medical humanities and storytelling, art and anatomy, and video games for health. 

Get more information and apply! 



“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/



Program Features and 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.

All of the events, news, and updates related to the Frankenstein@200 initative. 

Upcoming Events

Student Symposium featuring the Stanford School of Medicine Orchestra 

April 10, 2024 6:30PM

Bing Concert Hall 

We are proud to announce this year’s annual Medicine & the Muse Student Symposium, a celebration of the many artistic, literary, musical and other creative scholarly talents at the Stanford School of Medicine. 

Reserve tickets here. Tickets are free for Stanford students. 


 Stanford Medicine Orchestra 

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 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.

Saturdays

10AM – 11AM PST

Sign up at writingmedicine.org for login details