Humanities in Medicine

2020-2021 Calendar of Events


Humanities in Medicine Program


2020-2021 Academic Year

The Art of Observation & Unconscious Bias

Monday, September 14, 2020, 6-8pm via Zoom

Nancy Richner will guide us through a close examination of several works of art during which we will examine, along with Dr. Catherine Bangeranye and Dr. Ellen Pearlman, how recognizing differences in the way that we and others perceive the same works of art can help us identify and acknowledge our biases, a first step in seeing ourselves and others more clearly. To register or for more information click here.

Tell Me More®

Monday, September 21, 2020, 6-7pm via Zoom

Join us to hear about the experiences of several Zucker School of Medicine students who participated in the summer Tell Me More® program, an Arnold P. Gold Foundation initiative. View the posters created as our students sat and talked to patients at Northwell hospitals, and got to know about their lives, families, careers and passions. Join Zoom at

Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine

October 5, 2020, 5-6:30pm via Zoom

To launch the 10th issue of our art & literary journal, Narrateur, Reflections on Caring, the editors will host a special presentation of about a new documentary, WHY DOCTORS WRITE, Finding Humanity in Medicine, by Ken Browne Productions. The discussion will be followed by an informational session for students interested in joining the editorial board of Narrateur. Zoom link:
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Caring for the Racist Patient

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6-8pm, via ZOOM

A dramatic presentation by the Zucker School of Medicine’s Medicine in Theater Group, followed by a panel discussion on racism in healthcare. Offered in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Northwell Health’s Center for Equity of Care. Join Zoom at 
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A program on Domestic Violence

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6-8pm, via ZOOM

A dramatic presentation of the play, Invisible Prisons, by Joy Snihur Wyatt Laking, featuring thirteen monologues based on actual stories of domestic violence performed by members of the Medicine in Theater Group. Followed by a panel discussion and Q/A. To register or for more information click here.

Living with Dialysis, Stories from Patients

Monday, December 14, 2020, 6-8pm, via ZOOM

Join us as we raise the voices of dialysis patients, their caregivers and their healthcare providers as we learn what it is like to live with dialysis. Students will present these stories which were based on interviews conducted, and stories written, by other students. A collection of photographs will accompany the presentation. To register or for more information click here.

Healer’s Art

January/February 2021

Jan 11 &25, Feb 1, 8 & 22, 5:30-8:30p.m.

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. For more information click here.

A Musical Interview with Anita Hollander

A program on disability and resiliency

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6-8pm, via ZOOM

Several medical students will interview internationally acclaimed musical theater actress Anita Hollander who will intersperse songs from her autobiographical musicals into her responses. Learn about her determination to make sure the show must go on, even after losing her leg to cancer while a young performer in New York City. Hear about how she went on to have a successful stage career, writing, directing and performing in musical theater. For more about Anita, visit To register or for more information click here.


A Trip Around the Globe

The Photography of Dr. Alan Sloyer

Dr. Alan Sloyer, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the ZSOM, and a Northwell gastroenterologist, has had photos published in New England Journal of Medicine, Chronos, Annals of Internal Medicine and The New York Times, and has exhibited his work and won several notable photography competitions.  Dr. Sloyer will present some of his work and will share the events leading up to each photo, as well as settings and technical details.

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6-7 p.m. via ZOOM



Danny Kean, In Concert, Live!

A program on music and blindness

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 6-8 p.m.

Danny Kean is an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor with perfect pitch, who has been blind since birth. Danny has released several albums, toured internationally, and has been inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. For more about Danny, visit Join us for a concert, discussion and Q&A. Via ZOOM. To register or for more information click here.


How to Get Run Over by A Truck

A Conversation with Katie McKenna,  Accident Survivor & Author

Katie McKenna is a professional speaker, life coach and bestselling author, living in Brooklyn.  People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same.  Sponsored by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Student Interest Group & the Osler Society

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6-7p.m., via Zoom



Seventh Annual Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit

March 24-April 10, 2021

Share your original artwork, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography to be exhibited for the Zucker School of Medicine Community! For more information and to submit your artwork click here.


Holocaust and Medicine Legacy for Medical Education and Practice: A Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter Teaches German Medical Students at Auschwitz

A Holocaust Remembrance Program.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6-7pm

Confronting, reflecting upon, and learning about egregious ethical violations of physicians and the medical establishment in Germany and Austria during the Third Reich have been described as a moral imperative within medical education. As a medical educator and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Dr. Hedy Wald shares her recent experience of teaching medical students at the Witten/Herdecke Faculty of Health in Germany about medical ethics and morally resilient professional identity formation by reflecting on the role of medicine during the Holocaust.    Lecture and Q&A.  Advance registration required.

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Narrateur, Reflections on Caring, 10 th Edition

The Zucker School of Medicine’s art & literary journal

Please submit your written work, artwork and/or photography for publication in our 10 th edition of our art & literary journal. Open to all students, faculty and staff of the Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra University and Northwell Health. For more information, visit

Fireside Chats

An interactive medical humanities faculty-led series focusing on poetry, art, graphic medicine, literature and more.

via ZOOM from 8-9p.m.
2020 Dates: October 15 & 28, November 12, December 10
2021 Dates: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 12

For more information or to register for any or all of these sessions, or for more information about this program click here.