A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health
May 29, 2020

Hoping for a Covid Vaccine and Recalling the One for Smallpox

Perri Klass, MD, professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU, writes about why it’s worth reflecting on the biologic brilliance of the technique and on what our bodies and immune systems are capable of doing, when appropriately prompted.

Artists Paint a Portrait of a Pandemic

Two organizations, the United Nations and Amplifier, an arts group, invited artists in March to submit artwork around the coronavirus. Thousands responded, and their work is now being showcased.

The Health Benefits of Autobiographical Writing: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

"Why is writing about life experiences and goals helpful for well-being whereas merely thinking about them is not?" Jussi Valtonen reviews the literature from psychological and biomedical writing interventions, and connects these findings to views from philosophy, cognitive neuropsychology, and narratology.

Optimizing Resilience and Wellbeing for and Healthcare Professionals and Trainees During Public Health Crises

The challenges and stressors of caring for patients during public health crises can have a negative impact on the physical and mental health of healthcare professionals and health professions trainees. Dr. Hedy Wald presents practical tips to optimize resilience and wellbeing.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Story:
"And It Is No Joke"

"It's like this: your wife's illness starts with something small... And that makes you wonder, you know, If I missed this, what else am I missing every day? Am I not paying attention to the most important things in my life?" Conor Kelley's "And It Is No Joke" explores the different ways we can heal, and grapples with creating space for both anger and humor.

New Annotation: Devon Zander on Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

“Gottlieb’s writing is unique as she places a magnifying glass on herself and her own experiences in therapy just as much, if not more, than those of her patients.”

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities


Events & Conferences


Atlas Obscura: Step-by-Step — Writing A Personal History

A three-part series on how to become a historian of your own research and stories.

Working with Health Professional Grief

Part of a six-part virtual peer discussion support group: "Flourishing at Work: Cultivating an Undivided Life in Medicine | Practicing within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic," hosted by Mick Krasner, MD, FACP, co-founder of Mindful Practice and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

MedHumChat: Life in Lockdown

Exploring "Life in Lockdown" in a #MedHumChat curated by Drs. Becca Omlor and Anoushka Sinha
(9:00pm-10:00pm, Twitter)

“Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland”

A talk by physician and sociologist Jonathan M. Metzl
Virtual Narrative Medicine rounds

4th Annual UnLonely Film Festival

The 4th annual UnLonely Film Festival is a collection of 35 short-narrative, animated, and documentary films dealing with the issue of loneliness. For the first time, the festival will kick off with a virtual awards ceremony on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. ET to allow viewers around the world to honor the festival award-winners and celebrate the power of the arts to connect in a time when feeling connected is more important than ever.

“Integrative Approach to COVID-19 and the Mind”

Part of the Music and Mind Live series with Renée Fleming
Featuring Deepak Chopra, MD (The Chopra Foundation)

AMWA Poetry Hour: The Physician as Patient


“Using Music for Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19”

Part of the Music and Mind Live series with Renée Fleming
Featuring Wendy Magee, PhD (Temple University); Tom Sweitzer, MMT, MT-BC (A Place to Be)

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

Hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Early Bird Registration of $50 off tuition through September 18. Standard registration open through October 16th, space permitting.
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