Pegasus Physician Writers, along with the Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program, hold readings and other events to promote creativity, reflection and discussion on areas such as the context of medicine, the meaning of doctoring, health care, health and illness. Pegasus Physician Writers, founded in 2008, is comprised of physicians and physicians-in-training who meet regularly in the Stanford area to workshop their creative writing. If you would like to join, please contact us. Director, Hans Steiner, MD and contact Jacqueline Genovese, MA.



Upcoming Events

BECOMING FRANKENSTEIN: OUR RISKY ASPIRATIONS
A Writers Forum featuring Pegasus Physician Writers

Moderator: James Lock, MD, PhD
January 18, 2018; 6 pm – 7 pm

Stanford Humanities Center
Free and open to the public


Past Events


Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
The Body As A Temple

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:30pm
Muzner Auditorium @ Beckman Center
Free and open to the public


Congratulations to the 2016 Irvin D. Yalom Literary Award winners!
Click HERE to read the winning pieces.

First Place: Grace Kearney, "On the Mind"
Runner Up: Sierra Freeman, "We’re All Okay"
Runner Up: Arany Uthayakumar, "At the Loom"
Honorable Mention: Sojourner Ahebee, "On Hushed Sugarcane"

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Irvin David Yalom, M.D. Literary Award. Submissions will be accepted until December 30, 2016.

Photo (left to right): Arany Uthayakumar (runner up), Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, Gracy Kearney (first place)


Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
The Daughters and Sons of Hippocrates and Apollo: Why Doctor's Write

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 5:30pm
Cantor Arts Center
Free and open to the public

Psychiatry Grand Rounds - The Annual Pegasus Physicians Lecture:
“Changing Mindsets: Telling Tales of Healing
in the Ages of the Couch, the Clinic, and
the Scanner”

David Hellerstein, MD
Professor
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm
Alway M114

Stanford Physician Writers Book Readings and Signings at the Stanford Bookstore

Heal Your Brain
Daniel Hellerstein, MD
March 8, 2017, 6pm
Stanford Bookstore

Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
"Physician - Heal Thyself!: Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for Others"

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:30pm
Cantor Arts Center
Free and open to the public

The Medicine & the Muse Program at Stanford presents:
An Evening of Poetry and Music
The St. Lawrence String Quartet
& Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers

November 9th, 2016, 6pm-7:30pm
The Bing Concert Hall Atrium
Limited seating

Come hear the music of Stanford’s resident string quartet, and poetry inspired by their music, written by Stanford Physicians and Medical Students.

Stanford Physician Writers Book Readings and Signings at the Stanford Bookstore

What Every Science Student Should Know
Justin L. Bauer, Yoo Jung Kim, Andrew H. Zureick, Daniel K. Lee
October 5, 2016, 6pm
Stanford Bookstore

Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
I Don’t Know... Uncertainty in Medicine
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:30pm
Li Ka Shing Center, 2nd Floor, Room 203/204
Free and open to the public
Seating is limited, please RSVP to tacy@stanford.edu

KZSU 90.1FM broadcast and recorded the September 29th Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum

 

Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
"Beauty and Medicine: A Complex Relationship"

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:30pm
Li Ka Shing Center, Room 130
Free and open to the public

 

KZSU 90.1FM broadcast and recorded the July 14th Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum

Stanford Med Writers Forum, featuring readings by The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford:
“Taking Care of Life’s Longing For Itself: Children and Youth in Medicine”

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 5:30pm
Cantor Arts Center
Free and open to the public

The Medicine & the Muse Program at Stanford presents:
An Evening of Poetry and Music
The St. Lawrence String Quartet
& Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers
Schumann’s Opus 41.3, Third String Quartet
Love Conquers ― All?
McMurtry Building
November 5th, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Light refreshments served, seating limited
RSVP to jmgeno@stanford.edu by October 19

 

Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Li Ka Shing Center Room 120
Free and open to the public. RSVP kindly requested to anagy@stanford.edu

The Stanford Medicine & the Muse program and Pegasus Physician Writers are pleased to invite you to a book reading and signing with Sandeep Jauhar, M.D. author of Doctored described by the New York Times as “an extraordinary, brave and even shocking document” and “highly engaging and disarmingly candid” by the Wall Street Journal.

Stanford Physician Writers Book Readings and Signings at the Stanford Bookstore

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year
Matt McCarthy, MD
September 29, 2015, 6-8PM

Becoming A Real Doctor: Writings on Medical Education and Training
September 24, 2015, 5:30 pm
LKSC 130

Free and open to the public. An RSVP to anagy@stanford.edu is kindly requested.
Sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the Medicine and the Muse program and the Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers

Stanford Physician Writers Book Readings and Signings at the Stanford Bookstore

Jonas Salk: A Life
Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, M.D.
August 20 2015, 6-8PM

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Medicine Around The World: Healing From A Global Perspective

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 5:30pm

The Stanford Humanities Center
This Event is Free & Open to the Public
Supported by the Medicine and the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford School of Medicine

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Narrative and Psychotherapy: Telling Stories to Heal
The Annual Pegasus Physicians Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds
Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 12pm
Stanford University School of Medicine 
Irvin Yalom, MD & Hans Steiner, MD 
Alway Building, M112
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IRVIN DAVID YALOM, M.D. LITERARY AWARD
The Irving David Yalom, M.D. Award will be presented annually to a deserving student or students active in undergraduate or postgraduate education for an exceptional essay or creative writing piece—poetry, fiction, or non-fiction—describing her or his experience with medicine. 

The first award will be presented in 2015.  More than one award may be presented annually at the discretion of the jury should sufficient funds be available. Winners will receive a $500 monetary prize along with a certificate of recognition.
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In the News

Announcing the winner of the 2015 first annual Irvin D. Yalom Literary Award:

Maya Kasowski, PhD, MS3

Please click here for Maya and Ashley's winning stories.

Runner up:

Ashley Pin-Yi Geo


Congratulations to Pegasus Physician Writers member Dr. Jim Lock, who was awarded the 2014 - 2015 Ellen Andrews Write Fellowship by the Stanford Humanities Center. His project will be reconsidering Michel Foucault's critique of psychiatry in the age of the brain and neuropsychiatry.