Humanities in Medicine

2014-15 Calendar of Events




Official Launch Event for Osler Society of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine June 17, 2014, at the School of Medicine (SOM); Music, Art, Literary Presentations

Launch of Third Issue of Narrateur, Reflections on Caring,the Art & Literary Journal of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, at SOM June 17, 2014; Select Readings & dramatizations by authors

Meaning in Medicine Workshops

Meaning in Medicine workshops designed for SOM faculty and healthcare professionals. Held at NSLIJ Centers for Learning and Innovation (CLI), 1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 101, Lake Success.  Dinner included. Programs are based on the Finding Meaning in Medicine Programs developed by Dr. Rachel Remen.  See:

2014 dates: July 24,  July 30, September 17 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

2015 Dates:  January 28, March 11, May 13,  Rekindling the Joy of One's Profession


The Healer's Art, Fall 2014

A 5-session program for first and second year Medical Students. Students who completed the program received a Certificate of Completion.  For more about this program, see 

Two successful programs have been run to date:

Fall 2014:  MS2 Students (15 Students)

Spring 2015:  MS1 Students (20 Students)

Music in Medicine – Dr. Lisa Wong

The SOM welcomed pediatrician, musician and author of Scales to Scalpels, Doctors who practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine on October 6, 2014


Osler Book & Film Series

All programs to be held at 6:00p.m. at the MET (SOM, 2nd Floor), and will include dinner.  Participants (students and faculty) are asked to view the films or read the books prior to the discussion.  When films are involved, showings will take place at 4p.m. prior to each event.

November 13, 2014, 6:00p.m., the MET (SOM):  Dr. Barbara Hirsch moderated a discussion of "the clinician as patient" based on the film:  The Doctor, starring William Hurt or book "A Taste of My Own Medicine,"  (1988) by Edward Rosenbaum (which the film is based upon)

February 11, 2015:  Dr. Ron Israeli  moderated a discussion about the book Cutting for Stone (Dr. Abraham Varghese)

March 31, 2015: Dr. Sanjeev Suratwala moderated a discussion about the book/film A Fault in Our Stars (by John Greene)

April 15:  My Left Foot – Dr. Martin Edelstein, Dr. Tochi Iroku to moderate – postponed to Fall, 2015 due to scheduling conflicts

The Wisdom of Wit – An Evening of Theater

Acclaimed actress Megan Cole performed a dramatized lecture version of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Wit" for which Ms. Cole played the leading role in the original production.  Student Center Theater, at the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center (Hofstra's North Campus).  January 15, 2015,  6:00 p.m. Osler Society Wine & Cheese Reception; 7:00 p.m. The Wisdom of Wit Theatrical Performance; 8:00-8:30 p.m. Q&A/Discussion Panel

A Celebration of Visual Art.The Osler Society hosted an Art Exhibit featuring original artwork created by Faculty, Students and Staff of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and Hofstra University. The Art Exhibit, Reception & Award Ceremony was held at the School of Medicine on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00p.m., and the works will remain on display for several weeks. 

Humanism in Medicine Speaker/Theatrical Presentation featuring Daniel Shapiro, PhD –

May 14, 2015

Part 1:  The Patient Project,  The Patients as Teachers, Students as Filmmakers Video Project, 3:00-4:00p.m., with questions until 4:30p.m (School of Medicine, The MET)

Part 2 A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Chemotherapy Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), 1979 Marcus Avenue – Suite 101, Lake Success 5:30-6:00 p.m. Welcome & Refreshments, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Presentation

Narrateur, Issue 4, Spring 2015  Call for Submissions (Submissions Deadline: February 1, 2015).

Launch Event, Narrateur, Reflections on Caring, Issue Four (2015) Featuring speaker Dr. Sandeep JauharMay 26, 2015 at the School of Medicine, reception featuring music, artwork and food to begin at 5:00p.m., followed by Guest Speaker, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a NSLIJ cardiologist, and author of Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (2014) and Intern: A Doctor's Initiation (2009) Following Dr. Jauhar's presentation, various contributors to Narrateur, Reflections on Caring, will share their literary works.

The Osler Society Medicine in Theater Group was formed at the request/suggestion of several students in 2015.  A planning meeting was held with Students and faculty volunteer Dr. Burt Rochelson on March 4, 2015, and a call went out to students and faculty to attend the first meeting, which was held on March 24.  Approximately 20 individuals attended, comprised on students, faculty, nurses, NSLIJ staff.  A decision was collectively made to have students lead and direct the group under the advisement of Dr. Burt Rochelson and Lisa Martin.  The next meeting is planned for March 19, 2015 at 7:00pm at SOM.

The Osler Society Medicine in Theater Group field trip to see the main stage musical, A NEW BRAIN, Saturday June 27, 2015, New York City Center Theater.  Special Rate Group tickets arranged for $27 per ticket.  24 students/faculty will attend.