Humanities in Medicine

2015-16 Calendar of Events


Coping with Suffering through Creativity  
An evening of Art, Music, Poetry & History in Medicine 
Thursday, October 29, 2015  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Part I: 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.  
Enduring Images, Reception & Art Exhibit at the David Filderman Gallery
Hofstra University Museum, 9th Floor Axinn Library, Refreshments
Part II:  6:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Dr. David Pelcovitz will speak on Coping with Suffering through Creativity
Student Center Theater, Student Center at Hofstra University
Part III:  7:00p.m. - 8:00p.m
Motyl Chamber Ensemble, Classical Musical Concert, with accompanying historical introduction and visual presentation.     Student Center Theater, Student Center at Hofstra University


The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem, 
by Dr. Eugene Friedman and Dr. Daniel Friedman

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (School of Medicine, Room W134) 6:00p.m.
Presentation/Meet the Authors/Book Signing:  Dr. Eugene Friedman and Dr. Daniel Friedman Discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and physician
Drs. Eugene "Gene" Friedman and Daniel Freedman (father/son) are authors of the recently (2015) released book, The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem, which delves into the life story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a physician and the author of the much-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels. 


Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
A Poster Exhibit on Tour from the US National Library of Medicine.  This program is being sponsored jointly by the Health Sciences Library at the SOM and the Osler Society.  
January 18 - February 27, 2016 (exhibit period) Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Lobby

Theatrical Presentation, Scenes from Frankenstein, the play, intertwined with an Expert Speaker, Bioethics Panel Discussions and Q&A
Monday, Jan 25, 2016  
5:30 p.m:  Viewing of Frankenstein Poster Exhibit from the US National Library of Medicine.  Hofstra University Museum educators will be available to explain and discuss the artwork depicted in the posters.
6:00p.m.-7:00:  Introduction, Theatrical Presentation & Discussion:  The Osler Society Medicine in Theater group will perform select scenes from Frankenstein, the Play, for the purpose of highlighting bioethical issues.  A panel consisting of Dr. Avner Hershlag  and members of the Bioethics Club students will discuss the issues raised by the scenes and engage in Q&A with the audience.   Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Lobby & W 101

Osler Book & Film Series Event, featuring When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 6:00p.m., School of Medicine, Room W104.  Participation may be in person or via Zoom Video Conference.  RSVP to for link to video conference. 

An Elephant in Every Room I Enter
An Evening of Theater

April 7, 2016, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. 
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Medical Education Theater, Room W134
A Theatrical Presentation by Gardiner Comfort, created and directed by Gardiner Comfort and Kel Haney. Using an erratic and energetic performance style, actor Gardiner Comfort shares his experience living with Tourette's syndrome, and shares how he discovered, for the first time in his life, how he can be himself.  "Comfort is a charming, versatile performer: He can dance, shift personas, inhabit multiple characters with dialects and physicality, and somehow exude a vulnerability wrapped in confidence.... a talented performer with TS sharing honest, touching stories."- New York Theatre Review
Performance followed by Expert Panel Discussion.

Healer's Art Course  
Spring 2016

This extracurricular course will be offering on five evenings during the Spring Semester.  It will be offered by faculty trained in the Healer's Art curriculum, primarily to MS1 Students, although if there is interest in the MS2 class, a separate section (small group) will be created for MS2 Students.  
Scheduled Dates:
March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 28, May 2
*There are six dates noted as the last is an alternative in case of a cancellation.
All classes take place at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Celebration of Visual & Performing Art Exhibit Reception
April 19, 2016 

Call for Submissions of Original Art, Photographs, Sculpture (November 1, 2015- February 1, 2016)
Art Exhibit will be for the two week period following the Reception on April 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Art Show Reception
7:00p.m.- 8p.m. A Series of One-Act Performances by Osler Medicine in Theater Group (open to all members of the NSLIJ Health System and Hofstra University)
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Medical Education Theater, Room W134

Launch of Narrateur, Reflections on Caring – Issue 5 
The Art & Literary Journal, published by the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
June 9, 2016
Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Gross  
5:30p.m. Art Exhibit & Reception:  Enjoy light refreshments and beverages while view Art Exhibit
6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Presentation, followed by Readings of Poetry, Prose (Short Stories and Narratives) written by faculty, students and staff of the Northwell Health System, the School of Medicine and Hofstra University.
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Room 201 (The Medical Education Theater)

Latest Trends in Medical Humanities
A discussion and review of select articles from the March 2016 issue of Medical Education.
May 17, 2016
5:30p.m. -7:30p.m., The Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI), 1979 Marcus Avenue, Suite 101. RSVP Melissa Affa

Sculpture Exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Arnold Prywes
June 9, 2016
4:30-5:30 p.m., School of Medicine, Lounge outside Room W134

Osler Medicine in Theater Group Meeting 
This group of faculty, students and staff, with varying experience and interest in the theater, meet monthly to read from plays, and discuss and plan performances.  Open to all interested.  
For more information, contact

Come Write with Us: Narrative Medicine Journal Club
Faculty, students and staff meet monthly to write and discuss narratives and reflections. Open to all interested. April 27, 2016, 6p.m.-7:30p.m.
For location, additional dates and more information, contact