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Surprising Research on Loneliness

February 3, 2021
After months of social distancing from friends and working remotely, Harvard Magazine's associate editor Jacob Sweet wanted to know more about the psychological and social impacts of isolation and how they were affecting people’s everyday lives during the pandemic. What he found out proved surprising and more interesting than he’d anticipated. Enjoy reading Jacob’s behind-the-scenes insights below on what led to his recent ... Read more about Surprising Research on Loneliness
Medical professionals turn to music making as a tonic

Medical professionals turn to music making as a tonic

September 21, 2020
Where do healers find comfort? For some U.S. doctors and caregivers, the answer is in music. Jeffrey Brown (PBS NewsHour) went to Newton, Massachusetts, recently to see how medical professionals are regenerating their spirits -- and becoming better providers in the process. Dr. Lisa Wong speaks about music as healing during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the... Read more about Medical professionals turn to music making as a tonic
Elliana Kirsch

A Defining Moment of Harmony

May 20, 2019

Elliana Kirsch finds magic in the integration of medicine and music

For the 2018–2019 HMS Dean's Report, a select few students from the class of 2018, were asked "What was your most formative or memorable experience in your medical education at HMS?" Prior to medical school, Elliana Kirsch was a professional opera singer and early in her medical school training, Elliana learned that becoming a doctor would not mean the end of her love of singing.

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2018 Marmor Artist-in-Residence Announced

March 5, 2018

The Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School is thrilled to announce that Yo-Yo Ma is the 2108 Marmor Artist-in-Residence. The three-year artist-in-residencey is a pilot through the Arts and Humanities Initiative sponsored by HMS alumni Michael and Jane Marmor (Stanford University professor of ophthalmology and radiation oncologist, respectively).

Yo-Yo Ma will be on campus April 9–10, 2018, p...

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A Place for the Arts and Humanities in Medical Schools

October 19, 2017

More and more medical schools are adding the arts and humanities to their curriculum—either as requirements, electives, or student-lead groups. Schools like Yale, Columbia, and of course, Harvard recognize the extraordinary benefits to not only the students, but to their patients and to the faculty who also participate in these activities alongside the students.

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Wintersession course studies compassion and suffering through lenses of dance, music, and science

February 6, 2017

"Creativity, Medicine, and the Arts," a Wintersession 2017 course led by Lisa Wong, pediatrician and assistant co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School, was attended by undergraduate students from Harvard College and graduate students from Harvard's Medical School, Graduate School of Education, Law School, and Business School. Participates in the course were invited to rethink the idea that when one studies science, he or she must give up the arts. Read about the course and  student perspective...

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8th Annual Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

January 3, 2017

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 8:00am–5:00pm
Symposium & Awards for the 2017 Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

The 2017 International Symposium will include lectures, round-table discussions, and poetry readings. There will be talks, discussion panel, and poster sessions on historical and contemporary themes, illness and poetry, poetry as therapy, poetry in the education of health professionals, and poetry as an aid to health professionals. To learn more about the symposium, please visit the Hippocrates...

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Schubert in the TMEC

November 2, 2016

On October 13, 2016, The Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) was transformed into a concert hall. In the spirit of blending the medical and musical with the new and the old, undergraduate musicians from Harvard, students from Harvard Medical School, and students and faculty of New England Conservatory joined together to make sense of our crazy lives through music. The evening began with a new duet commissioned especially for this occasionin inviting listeners to sit back and reflect on the resonance of Schubert.

Franz Schubert’s profound cello quintet, written in the 19th...

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