The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford Founding Members
The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford
We are a group of academic and private practice physicians in various stages of career development who also are creative writers. The group was founded in 2008 by Audrey Shafer, M.D. (Anesthesia), Hans Steiner, M.D. (Psychiatry and Human Development), Irvin Yalom, M.D. (Psychiatry) and Larry Zaroff, M.D., Ph.D., (Cardiac Surgery).
The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford have regular events on the Stanford campus in January, March, July, and September, and a joint poetry and music event with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in November. Please check back for upcoming locations, dates, and themes for events. The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford is an independent group that closely collaborates with the Medicine & the Muse Medical Humanities & Arts Program at the Stanford School of Medicine.
The group currently has over ninety members from all branches of medicine participating in monthly meetings, workshops and annual events. Our members write poetry, fiction, fictionalized memoirs, op-ed pieces and educational texts for the lay public with the intent to broaden public understanding of the science and art of medicine. Other goals of the group are: to bring the insights of humanistic arts to the practice of medicine; to inform creative writing by the practice of medicine; to educate medical students and young physicians in the humanistic dimensions of medical practice; and to celebrate the lives of our patients through our writing.
Recently, the Pegasus group was featured in a SciArt in America blog post, a Psychology Today post, two Stanford Medicine SCOPE Blog posts, and on Ernst Schmiederer. Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, a Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford founding member, was featured in The Huffington Post. An event sponsored by the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford was featured in a Stanford Medicine SCOPE Blog post. The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford also participated in a Café Scientifique event, reading short stories and poems on the usage of blood products as life-saving interventions. View a recording of the event here. The group has been featured in an article about the Arts, Humanities & Medicine Programs that allow Stanford School of Medicine students to explore their artistic passions in conjunction with their medical studies. The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford have published several pieces in The Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine.
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