“In this biomedical revolution, we need the humanities now more than ever.”
-Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
- In his February 2017 newsletter, Dean Minor highlighted the Winter 2017 Stanford Medicine Magazine and shared his own insights gained from his love of music and discussed how the arts can help us all lead more meaningful lives.
- 03/13/17, Scope: Teens use photography to depict journeys through chronic pain
- 03/06/17, Scope: “You never know what you can learn when treating a rash”: A med student on storytelling
- 03/01/17, Scope: Parkinson’s patients find a new rhythm
- 02/27/17, Scope: “It renewed my energy”: A look at medical students using art to contribute to medicine
- 02/23/17, Scope: Stanford doctor urges the medical humanities are a "must-have"
- 02/21/17, Stanford Medicine press release: Stanford Medicine magazine looks at what arts, humanities bring to medicine
Program Features and News
02/14/2018, Stanford Sope Blog
-- Neuroscience and music: A conversation with opera singer Renée Fleming
01/23/2018, The Six Fifty
-- Frankenstein@200: Stanford explores the futurism of a centuries-old novel
10/28/2017, Stanford Radio
- Frankenstein's Impact on Science with guest Audrey Shafer (Interviewed by Russ Altman)
Stanford medical school graduate and musician/composer Benjamin Robison explores the intersection of arts and medicine through multimedia productions examining mindfulness, healthcare, empathy and the shared experience of art. Funded by a Shenson-Medicine and the Muse Innovation Grant, and a Stanford University School of Medicine Medical Scholars Grant.
December 7, 2017, Psychiataric News
--Burnout’s Roots May Lie in Young M.D.s’ Expectations of Themselves
A chief resident (Jessica Gold) looks back at a time in medical school when she wasn’t even sure she wanted to be a doctor.
October 2017, The Atlantic
--How to Die
As a psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom has helped others grapple with their mortality. Now he is preparing for his own end.
09/07/2017, Stanford News
--Virtual reality alleviates pain, anxiety for pediatric patients
“Many kids associate the hospital with things they deem stressful and scary,” said pediatric anesthesiologist Sam Rodriguez, MD, co-founder of Packard Children’s Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology, or CHARIOT, program, which is leading the VR rollout. “We are finding that the ability to distract these patients with fully immersive, fun and relaxing sensory environments can have a significant impact on the anxiety and pain that they experience during minor procedures, dressing changes and other medical treatments.”
07/26/2017, Stanford News
--Stanford faculty, students and staff win grants to advance diversity
Medicine and the Muse Affiliated Faculty member Yoshiko Matsumoto, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Project: InclusiviTea: A Project Fostering Inclusivity Through Tea (Chanoyu) Events
Medicine and the Muse Frankenstein@200 Committee member Branislav Jakovljevic, Associate Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, Project: Performance Series: "Vital Signs: Contemporary Performance Art Series"
--Stanford medical student juggles his studies, graphic art and numerous extracurriculars
In this Q&A, medical student Ryan Brewster discusses his career in medicine and training in the arts. Sam Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; and James Lock, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are referenced here.
Congratulations to the following Medicine and the Muse Affiliated Faculty won awards this spring:
Andrew Nevins, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching.
Erika Schillinger, MD, clinical professor of medicine, received the Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award for Excellence in Advising Medical Students.
Darren Salmi, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery and of pathology, received the Lawrence H. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching and Active Involvement in Medical School Education.
Sakti Srivastava, MD, associate professor of surgery, director of Digital MEdIC and chief of clinical anatomy, received the Award for Excellence in Promotion of the Learning Environment and Student Wellness.
Samuel Rodriguez, MD, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education.
Additionally, BEMH Scholarly Concentration graduate Lindsay Sceats, MD (surgery resident) and Pegasus Physician Writer Jessica Gold, MD (psychiatry resident) won Arnold P. Gold Foundation Awards for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching.
--"The Still Point" — A performance inspired by pain and love
This post chronicles a recent interactive performance on campus featuring music, art, storytelling and sound painting. Performers included Benjamin Robison, a medical student, and Matthew Wetschler, who is on leave from his residency in emergency medicine.
--What it is truly like for women doctors: A Stanford resident shares stories of gender in medicine
This blog post highlights a recent Huffington Post piece in which Jessica Gold, Pegasus physician writer and resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, introduces a new series of essays addressing sexism in medicine.
Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program; Vice Chair, Stanford SoM Art Committee, has won the 2017 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Teaching Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Medical Education. He teaches SOMGEN 213 The Art of Observation: Enhancing Clinical Skills Through Visual Analysis and ANES 75Q The Art of Medical Diagnosis: Enhancing Observational Skills through the Study of Art
--Sand and waves: A Stanford physician reflects on her heritage
In this post, Medicine & the Muse affiliated faculty member Diana Farid, a clinical instructor of medicine, reflects on her heritage and how that shaped her journey into medicine.
--Annual Medicine & the Muse showcase spotlights Parkinson’s dance program
This year’s Medicine & the Muse event featured a talk and demonstration from David Leventhal, program director of Dance for PD, an international dance program that helps people with Parkinson’s disease remain active and in touch with their bodies. The annual event also featured performances from medical students including Alice Li, Arunima Kohli, and Sheun Aluko.
2017 Medicine & the Muse Symposium Photos
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--The poetic intimacy of administering anesthesia
In this piece, Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and founder and director of Stanford's Medicine and the Muse program, discusses art and medicine and shares a poem she authored.
--Video game synced with anesthesia administration eases surgery stress for kids
This scopeblog features Medicine and the Muse affiliated faculty and vice-chair of the School of Medicine Art Committee Dr. Sam Rodriguez as well as Dr. Tom Caruso.
--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.
--Stanford Medicine students and faculty share immigration stories
In response to the uncertainty surrounding immigration policies in the U.S., medical students and faculty members gathered together to share their stories and performances at an open mic event last week (sponsored by Medicine & the Muse). Dean Lloyd Minor; Jonathan Tijerina, a medical student who organized the event; Viet Nguyen, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences; Lisa Zhang, a medical student; and Diana Farid, clinical instructor of medicine, are referenced here.
--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.
--“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.
--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.
--“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.
--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.
--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.
Audrey Shafer, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Thursday February 15, 2018 @ 7 pm
Stanford School of Medicine Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center LKSC 130
Why is this novel, known as the first science fiction text, so generative? Why, when our Medicine and the Muse program put out feelers for interest in a collaborative, distributed initiative with Frankenstein as the basis, did faculty, staff and students from across Stanford University show up - and volunteer to take on parts of the yearlong project?
Tuesday February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein raises powerful questions about the responsibilities of scientists to consider the impact of their inventions on the world. The hosts have a monstrously fun conversation with Persis Drell, Provost and former Dean of Engineering from Stanford University.
April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Tickets and information available at storytelling.stanford.edu after January 8.