Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine Events
NYU School of Medicine’s Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine hosts innovative events that explore the intersections of medicine with the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These events, held throughout the year, are free of charge and aim to enrich the entire NYU community.
This is a sampling of events hosted by the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine.
Stories Worth Telling: Inside the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward
Elizabeth Ford, MD, chief of psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for NYC Health + Hospitals and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry, spoke about the deep complexities of mental health in the criminal justice system and how she found her calling in forensic psychiatry. Dr. Ford also read selections from her new memoir, Sometimes Amazing Things Happen, sharing stories from her many years working on NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s jail inpatient psychiatric service. Watch a video of the event.
Siddhartha Mukherjee: Narrating Cancer, An Epic Story
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and The Gene: An Intimate History explored the history of cancer and its changing landscape within the institution of medicine—including the way the disease has been conceptualized, visualized, and treated over time. This event was co-sponsored by Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone. Watch a video of the event.
Thriving Versus Surviving: The Science of Enhancing Resilience
Resilience expert Bryan Sexton, PhD, director of Duke University’s Patient Safety Center, delivered a dynamic talk to NYU Langone faculty about the prevalence and severity of burnout in healthcare and simple, evidence-based tools to cultivate resilience. Watch a video of the event.
Undoctored Portraits was a visual storytelling project that resulted from a collaboration between NYU School of Medicine’s Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine and Perlmutter Cancer Center.
In this project, nine cancer survivors offered a window into their lives, allowing nine NYU School of Medicine students to photograph them at medical appointments and treatment sessions, at work, at home with their families, and in the park. Many of these partnerships blossomed into powerful relationships in which patient and student were transformed.
Over time, distinctive portraits emerged, in which illness was one facet of much larger, richer, and more complex lives.
The project produced approximately 1,500 images. An exhibition of 65 of these photographs was installed in the NYU Langone’s art gallery in September 2016. A selection of these images has been adapted for this online gallery.
Why We Need Stories in Medicine: Louise Aronson in Conversation with Danielle Ofri and Barron Lerner
A dynamic panel discussion featuring Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, a geriatrician, educator, and author of the short story collection A History of the Present Illness, alongside fellow physician–writers Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, and Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, explored the ethics, imperatives, and challenges of medical storytelling. Watch a video of the event.
The Only Difference Between a Researcher and Patient Is a Diagnosis: A Conversation with Susan Love
Susan Love, MD, MBA—surgeon, researcher, advocate, author, and cancer survivor—was interviewed onstage with Deborah M. Axelrod, MD and discussed her experience with acute myeloid leukemia, what it taught her about the patient experience, and how it colored her work in breast cancer research and advocacy. This event was co-sponsored by Perlmutter Cancer Center. Watch a video of the event.
Reading the Body: Live!
This literary evening honored the late artist Frank Netter, MD, known as the “Michelangelo of Medicine,” and featured live performances of poetry and prose about the body from the Bellevue Literary Review. This event was co-sponsored by the Division of Medical Humanities. Watch a video of the event.
Physicians as Writers: Oliver Sacks in Conversation with Danielle Ofri
Bestselling author and renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, was interviewed onstage by physician–writer Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, about the ethics of writing about patients, the fundamental connections between clinical practice and storytelling, and the complexities of some neurological cases from Dr. Sacks’s book Hallucinations. Watch a video of the event.