Art, Design and Humanities

This collection reflects the diverse ways arts, design, and humanities can be integrated into healthcare practice.

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The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

This book, developed through The Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, provides a starting place for clinicians or scholars committed to learning about, teaching, or practicing Narrative Medicine. Authored by Rita Charon, Sayantani DasGupta, Nellie Hermann, Craig Irvine, Eric R. Marcus, Edgar Rivera Colón, Danielle Spencer, Maura Spiegel. Published by Oxford University Press.

Narrative Medicine: A Model for Empathy, Reflection, Profession, and Trust

This article in JAMA, by Rita Charon, MD, PhD, asserts that effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, defined as the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others, and that medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, offers a model for humane and effective medical practice — and why.

Explore more articles published by Rita Charon via PubMed.

Gold Art Galleries

Members of the Gold community express the human connection through different forms of artistic expression, including visual art, photography, dance, video, poetry, and narrative writing. The collections in our Art Gallery feature work showcased at Gold Humanism Conferences, shared via the Golden Glimmer project, and other digital galleries.

The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education (FRAHME)

FRAHME is a free resource from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers resources to help medical educators start, develop, and/or improve the use of arts and humanities in their teaching.

Literature Arts Medicine Database

This collection from NYU School of Medicine features literature, fine art, visual art and performing art annotations created for those with an interest in medical humanities.

Health Design Lab

The Jefferson Health Design Lab brings people from different backgrounds together and promote inclusive design in healthcare, inside and outside the walls of the hospital, through innovative projects and collaborations.


RX/Museum, developed by a consortium of educators and physicians at Penn Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania, and leading museums and arts institutions across Philadelphia features a curated series of 52 artworks and essayistic reflections that embody the interplay between museums and medicine.

Penn Listening Lab

The Penn Listening Lab celebrates listening as essential to the work of healing. In amplifying the voices of patients, caregivers, staff, and providers, it embodies the tenets of patient centered care, nurtures a culture of caregiving, and provides an innovative complement to traditional approaches to medical education and measurement of patient experience.

Ten Tensions

Ten Tensions: A photographic exploration of the physician’s inner life is a collection of ten photographs, each paired with a narrative contextualizing the image within medical literature and philosophical discourse. Every photograph-narrative duet aims to address a specific ethical-humanistic “tension” that clinicians may encounter in daily practice.

Doctors Who Create

Doctors Who Create is a collection of articles and art pieces intended to be a hopeful source of inspiration for people in the medical field and change the culture of medicine to encourage and reward creativity.

Reflective MedEd

Reflective MedEd is a blog dedicated to reflective practice in medical education and care of the person. They publish contributions from educators, patients, and others that foster awareness of the human dimension of doctoring and develop advocates for the just and equitable treatment of all patients. It is supported by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Medical Humanities Blog and Journal

The Medical Humanities blog works in tandem with the leading international journal Medical Humanities, providing a place for succinct scholarly interventions into the conversation around medicine, as practice and philosophy, as it engages with humanities and arts, social sciences, health policy, medical education, patient experience and the public at large.


Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal was founded to develop conversations among diverse people thinking about medical and humanistic ways of knowing, as a “Department Without Walls” that connects scholars and thinkers from different spheres. Interests include historical précis, new takes on books, investigations into cognition and imagination, and medical practice.

The Polyphony

The Polyphony is an online platform for those aiming to stimulate, catalyse, provoke, expand and intensify conversations in the critical medical humanities, hosted by the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University, UK.

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art.

The Examined Life Conference

The Examined Life Conference is annual convening organized by The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine explores the intersections between the arts and medicine through discussions and presentations on how the arts can be used in medical education and patient and provider care.

Humanities in Healthcare Newsletter

In 2023, The Gold Foundation debuted the monthly Humanities in Healthcare newsletter in collaboration with the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health. It is an updated version of the former Medical Humanities newsletter from NYU. Sign up here.

Gold Reading Corner

Seek inspiration from published authors featured in our Reading Corner that includes summer reading lists, book reviews, and site, and other collections that focus on medical humanities.