Explore Medicine’s Creative Side, October 21-23, 2021

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine hosted our 14th annual 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).

2020 Speakers

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP

(Free and open to the public) Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP is the author of In Shock, a critically-acclaimed, bestselling memoir based on her own illness. A critical care physician and faculty member of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, she also serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the entire Health System. After suffering a sudden critical illness herself, she has devoted much of her career to improving empathy through connection and communication. She lectures to physicians, health care leaders and medical schools across the country. Her book has been integrated into the curriculum of medical schools and universities across the US and Europe. She has been interviewed by The Times, The Telegraph, The BBC, NPR, the Today Show online, MedPage, Health Leaders Media, and Beckers Hospital Review. She has written for Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine. Learn more…

Samuel Shem, MD

A photo of author Samuel Shem and his partner Janet Surrey
Samuel Shem and his partner Janet Surrey

Samuel Shem’s latest novel is MAN’S 4TH BEST HOSPITAL (2019), sequel to the classic novel about medical internship THE HOUSE OF GOD (1978), which was was recently named by the British medical journal The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century. THE HOUSE OF GOD has sold over two million copies, in thirty languages. John Updike wrote in an introduction to the 25th anniversary edition: “It glows with the celebratory essence of a real novel…A tale of venture into the valley of death and the truth of the flesh…more timely than ever.” Newsweek listed it in 1999 as “the novel to read about becoming a doctor.” The sequel, MOUNT MISERY (1996), about psychiatric residency at a mental hospital of that name, has been called “another medical classic,” and, by the Boston Globe, “outrageously funny, a sage and important novel by a healer and a Shakespearean.” These novels have been bestsellers in America, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Learn more…

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s virtual sessions, nearly all of them are available for purchase and viewing at home for $25.

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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