From the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health and the Gold Foundation


in Healthcare

February 2023

Welcome to the Humanities in Healthcare newsletter, a new collaboration from the Gold Foundation and the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health. This will, we hope, look familiar to many of you – it is an updated version of the former Medical Humanities newsletter from NYU. The two organizations are delighted to revive it together, now as a monthly newsletter.  

If you have items to recommend, please email We hope you enjoy the new Humanities in Healthcare newsletter!

– Stacy Bodziak, Director of Communications, Gold Foundation

Through the Kaleidoscope: Creative Writing in Healthcare Education

Roshni Beeharry, a medical educator and Writing for Wellbeing and Personal Development facilitator, considers the many ways creative writing practice contributes to a well-rounded healthcare education: "Writing involves making choices… And where else does carefully choosing your words carry higher stakes than when communicating life-changing news to a patient, or persuading colleagues of a new research or educational idea?"

Continue reading on The Polyphony

The Politics of Pain

"As a historian of pain," writes Rob Boddice, "I take seriously the problem that pain is a multidisciplinary affair. No one approach has the tools to crack it, so to speak." The author explores the idea that understanding pain is not simply the purview of medical science, but instead a complex interplay between cultural knowledge, history, philosophy, and art.

Continue reading on Aeon

What is Intergenerational Storytelling? Defining the Critical Issues for Aging Research in the Humanities

This recent study by Andrea Charise, Celeste Pang, and Kaamil Ali Khalfan reviews existing research on intergenerational storytelling, assessing its limitations and possibilities for becoming a "meaningful, evidence-generating, and transformative approach to arts- and humanities-based aging research."

Continue reading in the Journal of Medical Humanities

Poetry and Medicine

JAMA poetry editor Rafael Campo introduces a new feature commentary that will accompany poems published in the journal, noting the enduring link between poetry and medicine, and "that we reckon through science and feel through art makes possible a healthier world."

Continue reading in JAMA

Read the poem "Viva Las Vagus" by Dr. Nancy Naomi Carlson, and Dr. Campo's commentary

NYU Langone Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database

The Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (LitMed) is a collection of literature, fine art, visual art and performing art annotations created as a dynamic, comprehensive resource for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others interested in medical humanities.

Explore the NYU Langone LitMed database

Gold Foundation Database of Research

The Gold Foundation’s Database of Research collects studies that show how humanism in healthcare supports the Quadruple Aim: Better Experience, Better Health, Lower Cost, Joy of Work.

Explore the Gold Database of Research

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Events Calendar

February 23

The Nurse Antigone: Sigma (online)

February 24

Thank a Resident Day (nationwide)

February 28

Figure Drawing Workshop for Healthcare Professionals (in-person, Davis, CA)

March 1

Narrative Medicine Rounds with Rachel Aviv: “Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us” (online)

March 8

Author’s Night: “From Whispers To Shouts: The Ways We Talk About Cancer” (in-person, NYC)

March 11

Compassion and Emotional Competency in Today’s Medical Climate: GHHS Northeast Regional Conference (in-person, Philadelphia, PA)

March 12

The Nocturnists on Shame in Medicine (in-person, Austin, TX)

March 16-19

2023 Health Humanities Consortium Conference: Mobilizing Selves, Transforming Structures (hybrid, Cleveland, OH)

March 28

14th Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night (in-person, New York, NY)

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