Center for the Art of Medicine

Avi Nahum photo of a Healthcare worker in a mask

Banner image from Hippocrates Cafe. Photo credit: Avi Nahum, Regions

The Center for the Art of Medicine cultivates curiosity and creativity in medical education and practice.


Mission and Goals

The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for the Art of Medicine (CFAM) strives to cultivate creativity and to elevate the role of the arts and humanities in medical education and practice, in order to nurture curiosity and creativity, promote diversity, deepen empathy, develop professionalism, and foster resilience in physicians and physicians-in-training.

  • Minnesota Writers Series

    CFAM is delighted to partner with the Minnesota Humanities Center, as part of their Minnesota Writers Series! Join us September 29th as author Andrea Gilats reads from her book, “After Effects: A Memoir of Complicated Grief," discussing her own experience with grief and how the process of writing helped with her own healing and understanding. Following the reading, CFAM's Dr. Ben Trappey will facilitate a discussion on complicated grief and the healing benefits of writing, both physical and emotional. Register here!

  • Art + Medicine: Speaking of Race

    Watch Art + Medicine: Speaking of Race, CFAM's most recent production with Twin Cities PBS. Connecting the arts and healthcare, physicians share stories about race, racism and antiracist efforts in the medical community. This is a co-production of Twin Cities PBS and the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

  • Dr. Anthony Williams, CFAM's Associate Director

    Dr. Anthony Williams, CFAM's Associate Director, published his piece "A Human Space" in the February 2022 edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Programs and Projects

CFAM’s work is grounded in three signature programs:

In addition, CFAM engages in a variety of creative collaborations across the University and the broader community:

  • Artistic Antidotes 
  • Art of Medicine Seminar Series
  • Medical school courses and curriculum integration
  • MotionPoems collaboration
  • Music in the Clinics
  • Performing arts consultation and collaboration
Storytelling In Medicine

Storytelling in Medicine Program

It has been said that humans are the storytelling animal—that our ability to tell, hear, and share stories is integral to who we are. CFAM’s Storytelling in Medicine Program recognizes that stories are one of the most powerful ways for us to connect, empathize, and heal. The Storytelling in Medicine Program provides time, space, and techniques for those interested in becoming more effective storytellers. 

Hippocrates Cafe

Hippocrates Cafe

Hippocrates Cafe started in 2009 as a live, one-hour show placing healthcare in context through story and song. Since its inception, there have been over 100 shows performed in eight states. CFAM recently expanded on this work by creating Reflections on the Pandemic in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television PBS, which was awarded a Regional Emmy in 2021.

Watch the TPT + Hippocrates Cafe production.

Fisch Art of Medicine Award

Award Opportunities

The Fisch Art of Medicine Student Awards allow current University of Minnesota medical students to explore the arts, enriching the traditional medical school curriculum through creative expression.

Applications for the Fisch Awards are now open for the 2022-2023 academic year for current UMN medical students (MS1-MS3). The application deadline is April 15th, 2022.


Collaborative Projects

CFAM is engaged with several cross-campus and community collaborative projects. Projects currently include: Artistic Antidote, the Art of Medicine Seminar Series, collaboration with MotionPoems, Music in the Clinics, and performing arts collaborations.

Med Students

Curriculum Integration & Extracurricular Efforts

CFAM believes in the importance of incorporating the arts into both undergraduate and graduate medical education. We offer several formal educational opportunities and are excited to expand our offerings in the future. In addition, we continue to partner with the Medical School curriculum team to explore additional ways to integrate the arts into the curriculum.