Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts

Program features and updates

September 2014

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jason Nagata, a recent Writer’s Workshop participant, whose article The Patient Rotation, was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics
  • Join us in congratulating Khaled Hosseini, MD, last year’s Medicine & the Muse Key Note Speaker, on winning the prestigious Steinbeck Award.

    Congratulations Khaled!
  • Pegasus Physician Writer Sunita Puri’s recent essay Extraordinary was published in this month's JAMA. JAMA. 2014;312(8):793-794.

July 2014

  • The Revolutionary Optimists has been nominated for a National Emmy Award in News and Documentary Long Form.
  • Medical student Michael Nedelman and his documentary project “Camouflage Closet” are in this SCOPE Blog
  • The Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum “I Am Afraid I Have Bad News: Death and Dying in Medicine,” is featured in today’s School of Medicine SCOPE Blog
  • Congratulations to Medicine & Muse Program affiliated faculty member Susan McConnell, who was recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor.
  • Medicine and Muse Program Steering Committee member Dr. Alvan Ikoku research on literature and transnational medicine was featured in the Stanford Report.

June 2014

  • Congratulations to Michael Nedelman, a BEMH concentrator, whose poster recently won second prize in the Art of Science competition sponsored by the School of Engineering, In addition, Michael’s documentary, Camouflage Closet, which will be shown today at 5:30 p.m. in LKSC, was featured in the Boise Weekly.
  • Congratulations to Jasmina Bojic, Stanford Lecturer and Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival. Jasmina was awarded UNESCO’s Fellini Medal in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film.

May 2014

  • Congratulations to Medicine and the Muse Steering Committee Members Pin Yi Ko and Anjana Bala. After graduation from Stanford School of Medicine, Pin Yi will be entering internship and residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Washington. Anjana Bala, a Human Biology major, and after graduation will be moving to London to purse a master’s degree in medical anthropology at University College London.
  • Read about medical student and BEMH concentrator Natalia Birgisson's blog post, Introduction to the ICU: My grandfather's passing gift in Scope Blog.

April 2014

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

  • Read about the Medicine and the Muse and Khaled Hosseini in Scope Blog and The Stanford Daily and view photos here.
  • Read Dean Minor’s article in the Stanford Daily about the importance of humanities and medicine
  • On April 17th, Dr. James Chang will present: Inside Rodin's Hands: Teaching Surgery Through Art and Art Anatomy at 6:30 p.m. in the Cantor Arts Center. Watch a video about Dr. Chang's work here
  • Read about Dr. Josef Parvizi's presentation at Med School 101 on Scopeblog. Parvizi, will be presenting with Dr. Chris Chafe (Music) on the Brain Stethoscope at the April 29th Recombinations seminar.

March 2014

February 2014

  • Read about the Recombinations Seminar "Literature and Medicine at the End of Life" in the School of Medicine ScopeBlog (scroll down).
  • Hamsika Chandrasekar is a member of the Medicine and the Muse 2014
    committee and in the Creative Writing for Medical Students course. Her recent blog post, "The Top Reasons I am Glad to be in Medical School," was the most popular and shared story on the School of Medicine Scopeblog.
  • AHMP Affiliated Faculty Member and upcoming Recombinations speaker Dr. James Chang is featured with a new Cantor Art Museum Exhibit, Rodin's Hands.

  • AHMP Steering Committee member Dr. Shaili Jain commented on the 60 Minutes News Program on Mental Health in her Public Library of Science Blog.

January 2014

December 2013

  • AHMP Affiliated Faculty member Professor Tanya Luhrmann wins the 2013 Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the University of Louisville for her book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God





  • The Sacramento Bee published an op-ed by medical student Akhilesh Pathipati on why healthcare spending is so high.
  • Congratulations to medical student and BEMH concentrator Aarti Sharma on the publication of her book, Diabulimia: Towards Understanding, Recognition, and Healing. Aarti is also co-editor-in-chief of the medical student journal H&P

November 2013

September 2013

  • Stanford medical school doctors explore the human condition through creative writing
  • The latest book of 2012 Medicine and the Muse Keynote Speaker, Sheri Fink, MD PhD Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital is published to critical acclaim and is a NYT bestseller.




  • Congratulations to Pria Anand, SMS IV and BEMH concentrator, on the publication of her short story “Commotio Cordis” in Bellevue Literary Review. 2013: 22-30.
  • My First Patient by Casey Means, Stanford medical student and BEMH concentrator, is published by The Intima. Congratulations Casey!

August 2013

  • The Arts, Humanities and Medicine Program welcomes Jacqueline Genovese, MA, as Assistant Director. Jacqueline holds a masters degree in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a bachelor’s degree in history from College of William and Mary. She has two decades of administrative university experience in communications, development and media relations.

July 2013

June 2013

  • Amrapali Maitra (MD and PhD candidate, BEMH student) wins the Bernard J. Siegel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Written Expression by a Ph.D. Student in Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Congratulations to Michael Nedelman, SMS I on the spectacular premiere of his film The Camouflage Closet June 5, 2013, in San Francisco! A packed house, and an amazing creative work which included LGBT veterans, filmmaking, music and a moving introduction by Heliana Ramirez, LISW.
  • Medical student Katie Miller and SCBE Senior Research Scholar Katrina Karkazis publish their work on health practices and attitudes in a polygamist society in the Journal of Religion and Health: Miller AC, Karkazis K. Health beliefs and practices in an isolated polygamist community of Southern Utah. J Relig Health. 2013 Jun;52(2): 597-609. 

April 2013

March 2013

  • Medical student and BEMH concentrator Woody Chang’s article “Fit to Print? Media Accounts of Unproven Medical Treatments Across Time” is published in AJOB Primary Research, 2013
upcoming events

Pegasus Physician Writer's Fora

September 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Clarke Center Auditorium
"Doctors and Patients: What We Learn From Each Other"

January 15, 5:30 to 7:30pm,
Cantor Art Museum
"Tincture of Humor: The Lighter Side of Medicine"

To RSVP for any of these events, email Jacqueline Genovese.


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.

For more information, click here.


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