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IN THE NEWS: Arts and Health

November 2014

Read MD/PhD anthropology student, Amrapali Maitra’s blog post about Rituals of the body – honoring the loss of bodily wholeness in medicine in SCOPE Blog.

Stanford Medicine Music Network Members played at the School of Medicine Art Exhibit Reception, featuring the work of artist.

Sara Johansen, MS1

James Tobin '13, '15

October 2014

At the Oct. 21st Jonathan King Lecture, Paul Kalanithi, MD, who completed his neurosurgery residency at Stanford, discussed the importance of writing as a physician and patient. Dr. Kalanithi wrote about his experience as a patient diagnosed with lung cancer in the  New York Times. Dr. Kalanithi is working on a book about his experience.

Five medical humanities presentations from the Stanford program were featured at the 2014 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual conference: Kendall Madden, MS, ecosystem and metaphors of the body (a BEMH medical scholars research project); Shaili Jain, MD, ethical issues for physician writers; Jacqueline Genovese, MA, literature and medicine programs for veterans; Alvan Ikoku, MD, PhD, global health ethics and fiction; and Audrey Shafer, MD, poetry and anesthesia. Additionally, medical student Deborah Fretwell presented her BEMH medical scholars research project on issues of high tech resources and patient narrative at the 2014 national meeting of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education

Kendall Madden, MS with her poster

Congratulations to Shaili Jain, M.D whose research work and interview with Paul Costello were recently covered in Inside Stanford Magazine.

Congratulations to BEMH graduate Casey Means, MD on the publication of her poem C-section in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Medicine & the Muse 2013 Student Committee Member Hamsika Chandrasekar writes in SCOPE Blog about taking time out from a busy life to do what you love.

September 2014

The recent Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum was reported on in SCOPE Blog.

Dr. James Lock, a member of Pegasus Physician Writers and the first School of Medicine faculty member to be named a Stanford Humanities Center Fellow is interviewed on this podcast about his work with teenage children with anorexia. Parents can work with therapists to help their teenage children recover from anorexia, according to the largest randomized trial comparing two family-based treatments for the eating disorder. During this 1:2:1 podcast, James Lock, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, discusses the study with Paul Costello, the medical school's chief communications officer.

Congratulations to Rick Novak, MD, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, whose book, The Doctor & Mr. Dylan, was recently published.

The medical humanities and the arts calls attention to the importance of the human connection in our health care system. The importance of this connection is described eloquently by Tim Engberg, vice president of ambulatory care at Stanford Health Care in this video about his experience as a patient at Stanford.

Medical student and Stanford Medicine Music Network member Sara Johansen will be playing violin at Party on the Edge in the Anderson Gallery on Oct. 2nd at 9:30 p.m.  Congratulations Sara!

Dr.Bryan Bohman leads Stanford’s WellMD committee, which focuses on promoting physician, resident and medical student wellness.
  Dr. Bryan Bohman                         

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Nagata, a recent Writer’s Workshop participant, whose article The Patient Rotation, was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Jason Nagata

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

The Sacramento Bee published an op-ed by medical student Akhilesh Pathipati on rethinking preventive health care.

Read AHMP Steering Committee Member Dr. Shaili Jain's blog post about House of Cards' Frank Underwood: A Textbook Case of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Read about comedian Tig Notaro's recent appearance at Stanford, where she talked about how comedy helped her deal with a breast cancer diagnosis.

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

Diagnosing the human condition: Stanford medical students add art, music and literature to studies

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Chief resident in Neurological Surgery, wrote a column that appeared in the
New York Times called, "How Long Have I Got Left?"

Medical student and BEMH concentrator Kendall Madden’s poem Inside the Hospital is published in Pulse: Voices from the heart of medicine

Medical Students Reflect on the Importance of Story, Blog About Their Experiences

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

Visit the new art exhibit on the walls of floors 1 and 3 of LKSC featuring art by Stanford faculty

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

Anand, Pria. Rooftops. Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine 6(1):33-4, 2013

Ladd JM, Karkazis K, Magnus D. Parental refusal of vaccination and transplantation listing decisions: A nationwide survey. Pediatr Transplant 17(3):244-50, 2013.

Leng, Jody. An Anesthesia Resident’s Prayer. Anesthesiology 119:483, 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

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu EdD, Consulting Professor, School of Medicine, has published a new book with Richard Katz: Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity

Arts, Humanities & Medicine Steering Committee member Dr. Shaili Jain is featured in the NYT in an article, The Sounds of a Mystery, about the Music & the Brain: Hearing Voices Symposium

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

--Sowing the seeds of change: Medical students pen book on leadership, action and social innovation Medical students pen book on leadership and action to guide young adults through the process of effecting positive, sustainable change in their communities. In this Q&A on the medical school's blog, author and Stanford medical student Jennifer Przybylo discusses the book.

Medical student Bonnie Chien explores dance, music and the spoken word around the theme of synesthesia in a Bing Concert Hall event featuring The Chocolate Heads Movement Band, directed by Aleta Hayes.

Stanford nurse motivates staff and patients with her white board drawings.

January 2013
The Stanford Arts Institute launches Arts Timeline, including the Arts, Humanities and Medicine Program


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