Humanities in Medicine

2019-20 Calendar of Events


Humanities in Medicine Program


2019-2020 Academic Year

Summer/Fall, 2019

August 6, 2019

When the Helper Needs Help & Learn to De-Stress with Dance

A Dance in Medicine Program.  Self-care/wellness speaker James Boomhower, and Northwell experts Daniel Hoffman, Ph.D., ABPP and George Wurzer, LCSW will address confronting stress among providers. The Zucker School of Medicine Clinical Peer Support Team will join in the conversation.  Following the discussion, a dance, as a stress-relieving tool workshop will be offered by the Zucker School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Interest Group and the Dance in Medicine Club. (12:30-1:45 pm, Zucker School of Medicine), W134/W104-105-106. More Information

October 17, 2019

Bárbara Padilla, Live!
Long Term Cardiac Implications of Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment

A Music in Medicine Program, featuring a vocal performance by opera singer Bárbara Padilla, a survivor of Hodgkin’s Disease, followed by a discussion led by Sonia Henry, MD, a cardio-oncologist at Northwell Health and Assistant Professor of Cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine, and Sadia Riaz, DO, an oncologist specializing in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the Monter Cancer Center, Northwell Health, and an Assistant Professor of at the Zucker School of Medicine.  Program co-sponsored by Northwell Health Physician Partners and the Zucker School of Medicine Cardiology Special Interest Group. 6-8 pm, Zucker School of Medicine, W134. More Information

November 13, 2019


A Film in Medicine program featuring Will Lautzenheiser, a quadruple amputee, whose determination and humor has enabled him to cope and thrive despite his tremendous loss and disability. Presentation, followed by a showing of a portion of the documentary, Stumped & Q&A,
6-8 pm, Zucker School of Medicine, W134. More Information

December 4, 2019

The Power of Art & Humor to Prevent Burnout

A Humor in Medicine Program.  Interactive discussion and workshop provided by Hofstra adjunct professor and Art Therapist/Certified Laughter Leader, Elyse Miller.  Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.  12:30-1:45 pm, Zucker School of Medicine, W104-105-106. More Information


Winter/Spring, 2020

January/February 2020

The Healer’s Art

This certificate course, open to first-year medical students, offers a safe learning environment for a personal in-depth exploration of the time-honored values of service, healing relationship, reverence for life and compassionate care.  This course, designed by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, is taught in over 90 medical schools around the world. 2020 Course dates: January 13 and 27; February 3, 10 and 24. The course will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Zucker School of Medicine; Rooms TBA. For more information or to participate as a student or faculty-in-training, contact To register for the Spring 2020 Course, email Lisa.Martin@hofstra.eduMore Information

January 14, 2020

Caring for the Racist Patient

A Medicine in Theater Program.  Following a dramatic read of select dialogue from Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, join us for a discussion on dealing with racist, sexist and otherwise hateful patients.  Offered in conjunction with the Zucker School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 6-8p.m., Zucker School of Medicine, W134. More Information

February 19, 2020

I N T E R S E X: Voices of a Hidden Community

A Narrative Medicine Program.  Presentation and Art Exhibit by Intersex activist/speaker/artist Emily Quinn, followed by panel discussion & Q&A.  Listen to the stories of intersex individuals.  Offered in conjunction with the Zucker School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion and OUTMed ZSOM’s LGBT+ and Allies organization.   6-8 pm, Zucker School of Medicine, W134. More Information

Sixth Annual Celebration of Visual Art

Art Exhibit Reception, POSTPONED until further notice due to Covid-19. An online version of the exhibit is posted at


Living with Dialysis, Stories from Patients

POSTPONED until further notice.

Narrateur, Reflection on Caring, 9th Edition

Our 9th issue has been published and is available online at Narrateu Volume 9. The Launch event will be rescheduled.

Online Humanities in Medicine Series

Autism and Communication:
A Non-Verbal Autistic Individual Finds his Voice Through Poetry
a story of hope, determination and resilience in the fight for respect and inclusion

Watch documentary film, DEEJ, written and produced by its subject, DJ Savarese, at your leisure. Join ZOOM discussion moderated by Joseph Weiner, MD, on Tuesday, April 14, at 5pm. For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click

Behind the Scenes, A Young Woman’s Dramatic Medical Journey

A live theatrical performance of scenes from I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow featuring Anna Snapp. Anna Snapp will perform scenes from her one- woman autobiographical play which touches upon her chronic illness, PTSD from a sexual assault, an eating disorder and suicidal depression. Following the performance, Anna will be available for a discussion/Q&A along with Victor Fornari, MD. Join via ZOOM: Tuesday, April 28, 5pm. For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click

Hope in the Time of Chemo, A Book Reading & Discussion with author David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson will read excerpts from his new book which is based on blogs he wrote thought the course of his treatments for Stage 4 Colon Cancer. David Lee Nelson is an actor, comedian and writer, and performed his one man show, Stages, at the Zucker School of Medicine several years ago, with great reviews! And now, he returns to us via Zoom, to share his new book, Hope in the Time of Chemo. David Elkowitz, DO, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Science Education and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine will share how he kept hope during his own recent battle with cancer. Join via ZOOM: Tuesday, May 12, 5pm. For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click


Join our narrative medicine workshops on September 12 and November 21, 2019, and March 11 and May 12, 2020, at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine 1500 Old Northern Blvd #3, Roslyn, NY 11576. No experience necessary. Join at any time, and come as often as you would like.  The May 12, 2020 session will be offered online through ZOOM. To RSVP, to receive sign-in credentials, or for more information, contact

Virtual Conference: Health Humanities as a Teaching and Learning Strategy

Sponsored by the AAMC, NEGEA and the NEGEA Health Humanities Special Interest Group. For more information, contact
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 2:45 - 5:15 p.m. via ZOOM
Register for Zoom link at:

The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, Living with Tourette’s Syndrome.

A live theatrical performance by actor/playwright Gardiner Comfort of this one-man autobiographical show. Following the performance will be a discussion/Q&A with Gardiner Comfort, along with internationally acclaimed specialist in Tourette's Syndrome, Cathy L. Budman, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine Hofstra/Northwell Health, Director of the Long Island Tourette Center of Excellence, and Jane Zwilling, Psy.D., Director of the Long Island Center for Tourette and Associated Disorders and Founder of the Youth Ambassador Program.
Join via ZOOM: Tues, May 26, 5pm.
RSVP/ZOOM link, visit

Art Observation and the Patient Story

The Osler Society of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell presents "Art Observation and the Patient Story," with Nancy Richner and Dr. Bruce Hirsch. Nancy Richner, retired Director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art will guide us through a close examination of, and discussion about, several works of art using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as well as other techniques. Dr. Hirsch will then use the metaphor of the patient as art in a discussion of the therapeutic power of clinical perception. Tuesday, June 16, 6-7 p.m., Virtual Event; For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click

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 all are welcome to participate. In addition, we are publishing reflective pieces written by students, faculty and staff members during these challenging times.