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Spiro Lecture Series

The Spiro lecture series offers 8-16 lectures a year to students, faculty, and the community. See the Upcoming Events calendar for future lectures.

Fine Arts

Cafe Med Art Gallery

Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to submit original artwork and photography for possible display in the glass cases in Cafe Med. Please send a brief description of your work to with your name and affiliation, medium, and size. We will consider work on a rolling basis with a quarterly turnover in the exhibition cases (or as needed!). We welcome submissions from all students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Yale School of Medicine, Nursing, and PA programs.

Live figure drawing at Yale School of Art

Yale School of Art professor Sam Messer welcomes medical students and faculty with or without experience to take part in live figure drawing sessions at the School of Art, usually on Wednesday evenings.

Arts Initiative

Occasional hands-on sessions on principles of art, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. Facilitated by Yale School of Art graduate students and coordinated by the Yale PHM Student Leaders.

Anatomy art project

For years, students have created paintings, collages, drawings, and other artwork to reflect their experiences in the anatomy lab. The anatomy art project students are creating a website to feature photographs of these fine works.


Writers’ Workshops

These workshops are open to students in the Yale health professional schools and are led by Dr. Lorence Gutterman. Karen Qiang is the student coordinator. Experienced and novice writers are welcome.

Writing Café

Intermittent student evening gatherings for writing, editing, and revising.

Murmurs: A Literary Journal of the Yale Health Professions

Students, trainees, faculty, and alumni from the medical school, public health, and nursing schools are invited to submit to Murmurs.

Marguerite Rush-Lerner Creative Writing & Art Contest

The Rush-Lerner gift funds this annual writing contest for Yale medical students. Dr. Marguerite Lerner was a member of the Yale Dermatology Department and the author of several books for children. The award was established in her honor by her family. Prizewinners present at a special Humanities in Medicine session each May.

Writing Creatively About Clinical Experiences Writing Group

This group of faculty, staff, patients, and occasionally students, created and run by Dr. John Strauss, meets one evening a month off campus.

Poetry and Medicine Discussion Group

Led by Dr. Paul Kirwin, Dr. Richard Kravitz, and Dr. Thomas P. Duffy.

Literary Salon

Occasional evening series of conversations on literary topics for students and faculty, led by Dr. Nancy Angoff.


Medical Readers’ Theater series

The series kicked off in fall 2015 with a reading of Margaret Edson’s play “W;t”.

Voice/Body Language sessions

“Voice, Body Language, and Clinical Teams” and other sessions focused on the art and skill of vocal and physical expression, led by a drama school professor Grace Zandarski.

Spoken Word

YSM Student Voices Series

YSM Student Voices Series features Yale medical students presenting TED-like talks about their non-medical interests, from art to math, and everything in between.


Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra

Led by conductor Robert Smith, this group rehearses weekly and performs three concerts a year. The Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2007 by violinist and pulmonologist Dr. Lynn Tanoue, who is Board President.

Medical Humanities in Yale Medical Graduate Education

  • Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshop
  • VA Literature and Medicine Group
  • Orthopedic Book Group
  • Writing Elective (Residency Program)
  • Medicine and the Arts Sessions (Primary Care Residency)
  • Op-Ed Writing Seminars (VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education, National Clinician Scholars Program, and elsewhere)
  • Story Slam – occasional Moth-inspired Storytelling Events at Faculty Homes