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This is a daylong symposium to celebrate creativity in medicine, held at one of the epicenters of medical creativity and curiosity in Philadelphia—the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at the Mütter Museum. Join creative medical colleagues as they discuss their work as artists, writers, activists, designers, entrepreneurs, musicians, podcasters, and more! Hear a live podcast taping, get inspired from workshops on everything from narrative medicine to medical improv, 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.

Note that Mütter Museum exhibit access is not included with registration. You may access the museum as a “workshop” in order to have the opportunity to visit the exhibits on Saturday. There is also the option to independently purchase museum tickets for another day.

Program Outline:

8:30-9:00       Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:15       Welcome

9:15-10:00     Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Silverman, host and creator of The Nocturnists physician storytelling event and podcast series, and academic hospitalist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

10:00-10:15   Coffee Break

10:15-11:00   Panel: How to Keep Creativity A Part of Your Medical Career

Dr. Bennett Lorber, artist and infectious disease doctor at Temple University

Dr. Chen Zhou, psychiatry resident and artist at Jefferson

Dr. Kathryn Ko, MD, MFA, painter and neurosurgeon in New York City

Dr. Fran Nadel, pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and YA writer

11:00-12:00   Workshops I

Attend one of the following:

“How to Pitch your Narrative to Get Published” with Dr. Jeffrey Millstein, internal medicine physician and writer at Penn Medicine, Dr. Jason Han, cardiothoracic surgery resident and writer at Penn Medicine, and Dr. Jules Lipoff, screenwriter and Penn dermatologist

“Anatomy and Art: A Drawing Workshop” with Penn student-artists Lizz Card and Liz Upton

“Literature and Reflection: A Narrative Medicine Group” with Dr. Madhura Pradhan, nephrologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Dr. Suzanna MacFarland, oncologist at CHOP, and Dr. Sheila Quinn, adolescent medicine physician at Penn

“Acting and Empathy: A Theater Workshop” with M. Craig Getting, Lantern Theater Company Education Director

“Hacking Creativity in Medical School” with Dr. Bon Ku, emergency medicine physician, Executive Director of the Health Design Lab, and Assistant Dean for Health and Design at Thomas Jefferson University

“Listening with your Eyes: A Photography Workshop” with Isabella Cuan, student-photographer studying Medical Humanities at the University of Manchester

Mutter Museum access (self-guided tour)

12:00-1:00     Lunch, Music & Art Exhibits

Featuring live classical music by Gina Chang and Daniel Zhang, medical student leaders of the Penn Med Orchestra.

Once you register, email Liz Upton ( by midnight on March 10th if you are interested in submitting an art piece for the exhibit and/or our website. 

1:00-2:00       Panel: Activism in Medicine

Dorothy Charles, Penn Med student and co-founder of White Coats for Black Lives

Dr. Alisa Gutman, founder and medical director of Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic and psychiatrist at Penn Medicine

Dr. Resa Lewiss, founding member of Time’s Up Healthcare and FemInEM, innovator in point-of-care ultrasound/co-founder of SonoGames, and emergency medicine physician at Jefferson

Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone, emergency medicine physician and director of division of medical toxicology at Penn, worker for safer opioid treatment

2:00-2:15       Break

2:15-3:00       Live Podcast Taping

With Penn student Shiv Nadkarni and NYU med student Darlina Liu, producers of the Doctors Who Create podcast.

3:00-3:45       Workshops II

Attend one of the following:

“Using Narratives to Combat Implicit Bias in Medicine” with Dr. George Dalembert, National Clinician Scholar and pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“Comic Storytelling in Medicine” with Dr. Ben Schwartz, staff cartoonist at The New Yorker

“Listening as a Form of Care: A Workshop” with Aaron Levy, executive director and chief curator at Slought and director of the Health Ecologies Lab at Penn, and Josh Franklin and Alex Chen, MD-PhD candidates in anthropology at Penn

“Visualizing Health Stories” with Dr. Chethan Sarabu, Stanford pediatrician and Director of Clinical Informatics at, and Dr. Steven McGaughey

“Incorporating Art in Medical Education” with Dr. Kit Shaffer, radiologist and artist at Boston University

Mutter Museum access (self-guided tour)

3:45-4:45       Live Storytelling Event: “Feeling Like an Outsider in Medicine.” In collaboration with The Nocturnists

Once you register, please email Jeffrey Millstein ( if you are interested in telling an 8-minute story related to this theme. 

4:45-5pm      Closing and Thank You

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 Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in Center City, Philadelphia. It is renowned for its collection of anatomical and pathological specimens (including slides of Einstein’s brain), wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, one of our event sponsors. The collection was originally donated in 1858 by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter for biomedical research and education.

Thank you to our sponsors:

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The Delaware Valley Medical Student Wellness Collaborative

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Penn Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Penn Medicine Medical Student Government

If you would like to sponsor this event, please email

How to get to our venue (the College of Physicians at the Mutter Museum):

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call: 215-560-8564

Public transportation:
From the 30th Street Station Amtrak and SEPTA stops, you can walk to the museum by exiting the station and walking east on Market Street across the Schuylkill River bridge toward 22nd Street. Turn right on 22nd St: the Museum is in the middle of the block. (Walking distance/estimated time: 0.4 miles/10 minutes).

From the Philadelphia International Airport, you can take the SEPTA Airport Line towards Center City to 30th Street Station (every 30 minutes: $6.75 at the station, or $8 cash on board) and follow the walking directions above (total time approximately 30 minutes). You could alternatively order a Lyft, Uber, or taxi at the airport (ride time approximately 20 minutes, cost approximately $15 but varies).

SEPTA’s green trolley line stops at Market and 22nd Sts., just a half-block north of the Museum. SEPTA’s Suburban Station is a short walk or cab ride from the Museum.

Driving directions available on the Mutter Museum website here.

Parking: There is metered on-street parking on most of the streets surrounding the Museum. Several paid parking lots and garages are nearby, including one on S. 21st St., directly behind the Museum.

The Museum is wheelchair accessible at the east entrance of the building, on Van Pelt Street (which runs directly behind the Museum, parallel to 21st and 22nd Streets). Use the intercom speaker and talk button. Press the button, and when someone responds, say that you are visiting the Museum and need access. Someone will come to assist you, and an elevator will take you up to the second floor for registration.