Time commitment: 2 evening hours once a month for 6 months
Current class dates and registration: see Sign-up page
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The Stanford Literature & Medicine Dinner and Discussion series provides an opportunity for physicians to come together and share a meal while discussing works of literature. It is part of a national program fostering the medical humanities, joining other participating academic organizations such as Harvard and the University of Chicago.

Led by a skilled medical humanities facilitator, the program provides a supportive environment for candid and thoughtful discussion among physician colleagues to explore the challenges and rewards of being a doctor.


  • Literature is an ideal catalyst for personal reflection and thoughtful discussion on the human experience
  • This program allows physician colleagues of different ages, backgrounds and specialties to come together in a non-medical environment for lively and wide-ranging conversation
  • Dinner and course reader provided


  • Attitudes and habits of highly humanistic physicians. Chou CM, Kellom K, Shea JA. Acad Med. 2014 Sep;89(9):1252-8. PMID: 25006710



Jacqueline Genovese

Jacqueline Genovese, Course Leader, has a Master's Degree in Medical Humanities, and is the Assistant Director of the Stanford Medicine and the Muse program.  She coordinates events, workshops and educational initiatives for many groups, including medical trainees and veterans. CAP profile

Benny Gavi

Dr. Benny Gavi, Course Director, is a a Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine and past Director of the Stanford Hospitalist Program. He has a long time experience and interest in the Literature & Medicine program at a prior institution and at Stanford. CAP profile