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Humanities in Medicine Program

The Humanities in Medicine Program provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff at the Zucker School of Medicine, Northwell Health and Hofstra University, to learn about important issues in medicine through a study of the arts, literature, history and the humanities. These programs are designed to help healthcare professionals develop the broader perspectives necessary to understand the true impact of illness on patients’ lives. In addition, by encouraging healthcare professionals to pursue their interests and passions in the arts, the Humanities in Medicine Program also assists them in finding and maintaining the essential balance necessary for them to be their best selves, both professionally and personally. 

The Humanities in Medicine Program houses the Osler Society of the Zucker School of Medicine, a forum dedicated to pursuing the humanities among healthcare professionals. No-fee membership in the Osler Society is open to all faculty, students and staff of the Zucker School of Medicine and its affiliated entities. All programming is provided free of charge and many are open to members of the public with prior registration. The Humanities in Medicine Program operates under the direction of the Dean’s Office.

COVID19 update: During these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we delve into the humanities to gain perspective and to cope with the traumatic experiences and difficult emotions we are facing. We have developed a series of online health humanities programs and offered via online platforms such as Zoom. In addition, we are now publishing reflective pieces written by students, faculty and staff members during these challenging times.


To submit your reflection or for more information, please email Lisa Martin at

Humanities in Medicine - Program Highlights

Teaching Empathy and Resilience through Film, Theater, Literature and Art during COVID-19

Keeping with the trend of virtual education and entertainment, the Zucker School of Medicine has been offering extracurricular learning opportunities though its Humanities in Medicine Program. |Read More|

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Medicine 2020 Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit has gone online

Due to COVID-19, we have had to postpone our exhibit at the Zucker School of Medicine until Hofstra University re-opens. In the meantime, please enjoy our online exhibit!

Individually Intersex: Raising the voice of a hidden community

Individually Intersex featured a powerful discussion and art exhibit by artist, speaker, and activist, Emily Quinn, who shared her own story and gave voice to twenty others each depicted in powerful portraits. |Read More|

Individually Intersex: Raising the voice of a hidden community

Caring for the Racist Patient

Zucker School of Medicine event addresses patient bias. |Read More|

Caring for Racist Patient

Upcoming Events

Theatrical performance of Invisible Prisons, followed by a discussion on domestic violence. Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6-8pm, via ZOOM Register Here
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Join us for a Fireside Chat, a narrative medicine session, led by David Marcus, MD. November 12, 2020, 8-9p.m. via ZOOM Register Here More Information

Living with Dialysis: Stories from Patients, a dramatic presentation. Monday, December 14, 2020, 6-8 p.m. via ZOOM, Register Here
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We are now accepting submissions for the 10th Issue of our art & literary journal, Narrateur, Reflections on Caring. Read the 9th Issue here.

Submit your artwork for the 2021 Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit More Information.

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