Humanistic Medicine


The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine (MSPHM) at NYU School of Medicine is dedicated to promoting humanistic values in medical education among young physician scholars.  The programmatic activities of the MSPHM cultivate the values of empathy, justice, respect, compassion, and communication in order to enhance insight into the lived experiences of both doctors and patients. 

Through innovative seminars, colloquia, and activities, the MSPHM enables students to pursue their creative and intellectual interests not necessarily covered in the core curriculum. By approaching questions in medicine through the alternative lenses of the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the MSPHM emphasizes the shared humanity of all those involved in the delivery and receipt of health care. 

As a component of the Office of Student Affairs, the mission of the MSPHM is to empower students to become humanistic clinicians, scientists, leaders, and advocates. However, our programmatic activities are open to all members of NYU, which means that students, faculty, and staff from diverse departments often sit alongside one another in MSPHM seminars and events. This inter-professional format fosters personal and professional development for all involved with the program. 


Our Spring 2015 Humanistic Medicine Colloquium, “Why We Need Stories in Medicine," featured three renowned physician-writers. Dr. Louise Aronson—geriatrician, educator, and author—was joined onstage by Drs. Danielle Ofri and Barron Lerner for a dynamic panel discussion about the ethics, imperatives, and challenges of medical storytelling within various genres. A video of event is available below.


MSPHM Teaching Artist Laura Ferguson and the "Art & Anatomy" seminar were recently featured in a story by about Art in Strange Places.

The Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine recently hosted an art exhibit in the Medical Science Building Gallery here at NYULMC entitled "Art and Anatomy: Drawings." The exhibit featured drawings made in our Humanistic Medicine Seminar "Art and Anatomy" over the past five years. The seminar, created by Teaching Artist Laura Ferguson, is a drawing workshop that takes place within the space of the Anatomy Lab, offering participants an alternative mode of looking into, learning about, and relating to the inner body. The artists are our medical students, faculty, and staff. View selected works from the show and view photos from the opening reception.

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Michael Tanner, M.D.
Faculty Co-Director

David Oshinsky, PhD
Faculty Co-Director

Katie Grogan, D.M.H., M.A.
Associate Director