Past Events:

On Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30PM, the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine of NYUSoM will host its Spring 2015 Colloquium, "Why We Need Stories in Medicine: Louise Aronson in Conversation with Danielle Ofri and Barron Lerner." Dr. Aronson, geriatrician and author of A History of the Present Illness, will discuss with Drs. Ofri and Lerner the ethics, imperatives, and challenges of medical storytelling. Each will share stories from their recent books. Details are in the announcement below and attached. This event is free and open to all members of the NYU community and the public. To RSVP CLICK HERE. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a fantastic discussion with three renowned physician-writers!


Join us on May 1, 2014 at 6PM for our Spring Humanistic Medicine Colloquium, "The Only Difference between a Researcher and a Patient is a Diagnosis!," co-sponsored by the MSPHM and The Perlmutter Cancer Center of NYULMCDr. Susan Love—surgeon, researcher, advocate, author, and cancer survivor—will be interviewed onstage by Dr. Deborah Axelrod, Kanas Family Foundation Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Medical Director for Community Outreach & Education for the NYULMC Cancer Center. A book signing and reception will follow the interview. Light dinner will be served! Additional details are in the flier below and attached. For questions: We hope to see you there! RSVP REQUIRED: CLICK HERE


The Division of Medical Humanities and the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine proudly present: READING THE BODY: LIVE! A literary evening honoring Frank Netter, "The Michelangelo of Medicine." Please join us for a live performance of stage actors reading poetry and prose about the body from the Bellevue Literary Review. *Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6PM in the Smilow Multipurpose Room*
RSVP Appreciated: CLICK HERE

Dr. Arthur Caplan
Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, NYULMC

The field of bioethics has either remained silent in the face of Nazi crimes or accepted the myths that Nazi biomedicine was inept, mad, or coerced. The fact is that many of those who committed the crimes of the Holocaust were competent physicians and scientists who acted from strong moral convictions. This puzzle
of how it came to be that physicians and scientists who caused so much suffering and death did so in the
belief that they were morally right is the focus of this presentation.

Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Recognized as one of the pre-eminent bioethicists in the world, Dr. Caplan joined NYULMC in July 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he was the director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, which he built into one of the premier programs in the world. He is the author or editor of 30 books and more than 550 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia, and the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics.

October 25, 2012
6:00-7:00PM & Reception to Follow
Farkas Auditorium
550 First Avenue


The Waiting Room Documentary Film Screening
Discussion with filmmaker Peter Nicks facilitated by Dr. Lewis R. Goldfrank (Herbert W. Adams Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine & Medical Director, New York City Poison Center)
When: September 27, 2012; 6:15PM
Where: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (at West 3rd Street)

THE WAITING ROOM is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of Oakland’s Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Stretched to the breaking point, Highland is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race, and religion. The film offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff, and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy, and hard choices. The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers, and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film weaves together the stories of several patients – as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them – as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession. View the film trailer.