Creativity in Medicine 2020

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The University of the Arts

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Philadelphia, PA 19102

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The second annual Creativity in Medicine Conference is CANCELLED.

Unfortunately, the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and resulting conference travel bans instituted by many of the medical institutions that our DWC team, speakers, and attendees are part of have forced us to re-examine our efforts from the perspective of ensuring the health and well-being of our attendees and that patient care remains the priority for all clinicians and healthcare professionals.

We are extremely disappointed by these circumstances, as the decision to cancel was not one we wanted to make, but it is one to which we have devoted a great deal of thought. We also felt it essential to make the decision as soon as possible to provide clarity for those who are seeking to establish travel plans and/or in the midst of planning presentations, discussions, and workshops.

We have every intention of holding the conference next year in Philadelphia. If you have already registered, we are in the process of working with the site, our vendors, and our sponsors to see if a refund is possible. This year’s registration will automatically be applied toward next year’s conference.

Please email with any questions or concerns.


Come celebrate with us at the second annual Creativity in Medicine Conference, held at the heart of arts education and creative exploration in Philadelphia—the University of the Arts. Starting at 5PM on the evening of Friday, March 27th, attend special gallery tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, enjoy a musical concert by the Penn Med Orchestra, and attend an art exhibition opening that features physician artists in our community. Then, join creative colleagues in the healthcare sphere in a daylong symposium on Saturday, March 28th, as they discuss their work as artists, writers, activists, dancers, designers, entrepreneurs, musicians, podcasters, and more! Hear a diverse range of "Creative Talks," acquire a new skill set in a workshop, participate in facilitated discussions about hot topics in medicine, and attend or participate in a story slam! Final program will be posted on our conference page; we will keep all registrants updated as speakers are added. Register below, and please contact with any questions about registration.

Interested in participating, performing, or presenting at the conference? APPLY HERE by Friday, February 28th.

Program Summary:

Friday, March 27th

Whole day complimentary admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Whole day $5 admission (regularly $25) to the Barnes Foundation

5:00 - 6:30PM Free Gallery Tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

5:00 - 6:00PM Free Gallery Access at the Barnes Foundation

7:00 - 8:00PM Penn Med Symphony Orchestra chamber group performance

8:00 - 9:00PM Art Exhibit and Reception

Saturday, March 28th

8:30-9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:10 Welcome

9:10-10:10 Keynote Speaker: Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, accomplished author of a collection of books about life in medicine, including "When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error" and "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine," editorial contributor to the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and more, and co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting

10:10-10:20 Coffee Break

10:20-12:15 Morning "Streams"

Includes the opportunity to attend a number of different streams, such as "Creative Talks," skill-building workshops, and/or "flipped" discussions (based on creative themes in medicine), as well as visit our Open Lounge for coffee, art displays, and more.


Speakers and leaders include...

Shiv Rao, MD, cardiologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and CEO, Co-founder of Abridge AI

Hisla Bates, MD, artist, printmaker, and New York-based pediatric and adult psychiatrist with focus on integrative and holistic approaches to mental health through art and positive psychiatry, background in fashion design

Kathryn Gallagher, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, registered nurse in University of Pennsylvania Health System and Clinical Liason on the Penn First team designing the New Patient Pavilion at Penn Medicine

Andrea Weir, medical student (MS3) at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), previous background as chef training in Michelin-star kitchens in Italy

Syed Hoda, MD, photographer, writer, independent record label owner, and Clinical Associate Professor (Department of Pathology) and Director of Surgical Pathology at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

Aseemkala Initiative, group of female artists and physicians who use traditional dances to perform stories of healthcare inequity and empower women to be changemakers in healthcare

Glenn Holsten, award-winning documentary filmmaker with focus on mental health and human rights, director at Philadelphia-based video production company, FreshFly

Charlotte Sutton, Assistant Managing Editor, Health, Business & Built Environment at the Philadelphia Inquirer

Chethan Sarabu, MD, pediatrician at Stanford Medicine, Director of Clinical Informatics at

Elizabeth Card, artist and medical student (MS4) at Perelman School of Medicine, designer of new medical education course, "Drawing for Visual Communication in Medicine"

Laura Ferguson, artist-in-residence in the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at NYU School of Medicine

Curtis Institute of Music, a private conservatory in Philadelphia and one of the world's leading music schools

and more!

12:15-2:15 Lunch, Art Exhibit & Story Slam

Once you register, please email Jeffrey Millstein ( if you are interested in telling a short story (narrative, poetry, etc.) related to this year's story slam theme, "Connection." Email Liz Upton ( by midnight on Friday, March 6th if you are interested in submitting an art piece for the exhibit and/or our website.

2:35-4:30 Afternoon "Streams"

Following the same structure as the morning streams, the afternoon provides more opportunities to attend a new set of "Creative Talks," skill-building workshops, and/or "flipped" discussions (based on creative themes in medicine), as well as visit our Open Lounge for coffee, art displays, and more. See above Morning "Streams" for speakers/workshop leaders.

4:30-5pm Closing Reception

More details to come. Signup for workshops will be emailed to those who are registered closer to event date; attending your top choice workshop is not guaranteed, and events subject to change.

About our venue:

The University of the Arts is located in the heart of Philadelphia, at the center of the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, and serves as an influential, innovative leader in arts education. Created from two pioneering, century-old institutions, the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA), the University of the Arts became the largest, most comprehensive arts institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. Today, it is home to nearly 1,900 students, more than 40 unique undergraduate and graduate programs, and close to 500 faculty members.

Thank you to our sponsors:

The University of the Arts

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

The Philadelphia Museum of Art


The Barnes Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Gold Humanism Honor Society, Penn Chapter

Delaware Valley Medical Student Wellness Collaborative

Thanks to our sponsor, _abridge_, we also have a limited number of free tickets available for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please email for details.

Maximum occupancy for Friday evening concert is 120. We will send an RSVP as we get closer to the conference.

We depend on your support for this event! If you would like to sponsor the conference, please email

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