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Med Moth, October 12th at 5:30 pm, ASC Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria), Come listen to stories and enjoy light refreshments
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Students looking at the Opioids Project Exhibit at the Lamar Soutter Library


The mission of the Medical Humanities Lab at UMass Chan Medical School is to integrate the arts and humanities into medical education and healthcare through student, faculty, and staff collaborations fostering humanism in medicine.

Recent Presentations

Medical Grand Rounds
October 13, 2022

Language as Medicine: "Finding the Right Words for the Right Conversations About Living and Dying"
By Sunita Puri, MD

Recording available to UMass Chan students, faculty, and staff

Worcester District Medical Society
16th Annual Louis A. Cottle Event
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

"Stories, Art, Music, and Photographs- Reducing Burnout and Improving Patient Care Through the Medical Humanities"
By Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Featured Projects

Med Moth, October 12th at 5:30 pm, ASC Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria), Come listen to stories and enjoy light refreshments

Med Moth

Screen capture of the Hindsight 2020 Website

A website compiled by Megan Hansen and Bronwyn Wada-Gill

Murmurs: Stories from our Journey in Medicine

A podcast created by Divya Bhatia and Qiuwei Yang

The Interstitium: Reflections Along the Path of Medicine

A blog edited by Marya Pulaski

Med Moth

Adapted from The Moth storytelling radio show and podcast, Med Moth was established by medical students at UMass Chan in 2016 to provide a forum for those in the medical community to share reflections on their experiences in medicine, in an effort to address the pressing issues of burnout. The goal of Med Moth is to promote humanism in medicine through storytelling by all members of the greater UMass Chan medical community. This provides the opportunity for individuals to not only reflect, but also learn from the diverse perspectives and experiences of their peers. Past storytellers have ranged from the Chief of Pediatric Surgery to registered nurses to medical students.

Thank you for all who were able to attend the Med Moth on October 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm in the ASC Multipurpose Room and on Zoom!

Med Moth, October 12th at 5:30 pm, ASC Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria), Come listen to stories and enjoy light refreshments

2020 Hindsight

Screenshot of the 2020 Hindsight WebsiteCompiled by Megan Hansen and Bronwyn Wada-Gill, 2020 Hindsight is a collection of photos, essays, poetry, and recordings from the UMass Chan community reflecting on the year 2020. This past year has been more than any of us bargained for. We have been shaken by a pandemic, racial violence and injustice, a tumultuous election, and adjustments to new professional demands. This past year has also brought so many joys, from engagements to new friendships to moments of clarity. Explore these moments shared by UMass Chan community members at

Murmurs: Stories from our Journey in Medicine

Murmurs: Stories from our journey in medicine

Murmurs: Stories from our Journey in Medicine is a narrative medicine podcast that explores how health providers and trainees think about their experiences in medicine, from how they relate to their patients to what makes medical professionals tick. Each episode features a member of the UMass Chan Medical School community to discuss a poem or essay they have written about an impactful moment in their medical education or career and takes the listener through the inspiration, writing process and interview with the author. This storytelling podcast is the Capstone project of Divya Bhatia ('21) and Qiuwei Yang ('22), with Dr. Hugh Silk advising. 

Podcasts will be released weekly and are available to subscribe now on Apple iTunes PodcastsSpotifyAnchor, and other streaming platforms! Through these podcasts, we hope to build community, promote reflection and increase awareness of issues of medical education and health inequality. Reach us at or through our Anchor homepage: 

Season 2 is now available! View the episode archive and transcripts in eScholarship@UMMS

The Interstitium

The Interstitium Blog

The Interstitium is a multimedia, online home for the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School community members to reflect on their experiences. The site was developed as a space for pausing and processing amidst the grind of long study days or buzz of a busy clinic, with the hope of supporting, nourishing, and connecting the UMass Chan community. Submit your insights, questions, experiences, and comments to

Check out their most recent post, "What we learned in the pandemic", by Dr. Michael Hirsh!

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