Explore Medicine’s Creative Side, October 24-26, 2019

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host our 13th annual three-day conference focusing on the links between medicine and the arts. We feature a refreshing and relaxed atmosphere to take in skill-building workshops and inspiring presentations from the people working to forge that integration. You’ll leave with a new appreciation not only of your art, but of your work (and even your struggles). Welcome to Iowa!

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Featured Presenters

Our featured presenters’ sessions are open to the public.

How to Find and Tell Great Stories (and Why Greatness Matters)

Stephanie Foo (Thursday, 10/24 at 6:15 pm, Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber)

Radio journalist and producer Stephanie Foo has worked for Snap Judgment and This American Life.  Foo taught high school journalism after college, and began listening to This American Life and Radiolab. She eventually decided to try her hand at it, hitchhiking to a pornography convention in search of a story and ultimately starting a podcast called Get Me On This American Life. Another early audio project was a music podcast called Stagedive, where Foo succeeded in reaching a young demographic. Foo was an intern then a producer at Glynn Washington’s Snap Judgment, based in Oakland, then moved to This American Life. In addition to producer roles at Snap Judgment and This American Life, Foo has also contributed to Reply All and 99% Invisible. She’s drawn notice for work on topics ranging from Japanese reality television (a piece Flavorwire named to its list of the 20 best episodes in This American Life’s 20-year history) to race and online dating; The New York Observer praised the latter piece as one of Reply All’s “most provocative episodes.” In 2015, Foo launched her own podcast called Pilot, with each installment to serve as a pilot episode for a different genre of podcast. CBC’s Lindsay Michael named Pilot to a 2016 list of five best recent podcasts, saying Foo has “created her own playground…A place where she can try things out and see how they go.” Read more…

The Vital and Energetic Interplay of the Somatic, the Affective and the Cognitive in an Audience’s Experience of Theater.

Anne Bogart (Friday, 10/25 at 1 pm, 1110A MERF)

Anne Bogart is an American theatre and opera director. She is currently one of the Artistic Directors of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Concentration and is the author of three books of essays on theater making: A Director PreparesAnd Then, You Act; and What’s the Story. She is a co-author, with Tina Landau of The Viewpoints Book, a “practical guide” to Viewpoints training and devising techniques. Conversations with Anne, a collection of interviews she has conducted with various notable artists was published in March 2012.  Bogart’s influence is felt throughout the contemporary theatre: through the widespread adoption of SITI’s training methods of Viewpoints and Suzuki, her oeuvre of groundbreaking productions, and her guidance at SITI and including at Columbia University of such diverse talents as Pavol Liska, Diane Paulus, James Dacre, Kim Weild, Jay Scheib, Sophie Hunter, Shura Baryshnikov, Darko Tresnjak, Robert O’Hara, Rachel Chavkin and many others. Read more…

Fixing Healthcare: Overcoming the Intimacy Gap Between Doctors and Patients Through Shared Storytelling

Jordan Grumet, MD (Friday 10/25 at 7:15 pm, 2117 MERF)

Jordan Grumet was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1973. His interest in becoming a doctor formed when his father, an oncologist, died in the early eighties. He graduated from the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago and received his medical degree from Northwestern University. After relocating to St. Louis for residency, he returned to Evanston and now practices Internal Medicine in Northbrook, Illinois. He is the acting medical director of two nursing facilities and is an associate medical director of hospice and palliative care. Jordan is married and has two children.Jordan’s chapbook of poetry, Primary Care, was released by The Lives You Touch publications in winter 2012. His short stories have appeared in Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine and Medical Economics. He is also a frequent contributor to the popular physician website KevinMD. Jordan’s book, I Am Your Doctor And This Is My Humble Opinion, was released in February of 2015, and was followed by Five Moments in March of 2017.  Read more…


About the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is among the nation’s premier centers for creative writing, and its programs attract writers from all over the world. A dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, and four recent US Poet Laureates have attended the University of Iowa. The University is home to the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Iowa Review. It is also home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States, and the model for contemporary writing programs.  Iowa City itself is a UNESCO City of Literature.

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