Center for Humanities in Medicine

The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors.

Mar 21, 2020

MC Rochester COVID-19 Updates

By Sarah Mensink, @samensink

Friends and colleagues,

In accordance with Mayo Clinic’s current policy re: managing exposure to COVID-19, the Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine has suspended the following events and programs until further notice:

  • Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Monday noon concert series: suspended until further notice
  • Music is Good Medicine concert series: suspended until further notice
  • Medical Improv: suspended until further notice
  • All patient and staff scheduled events, workshops, programs: suspended until further notice

The Carillon concerts will continue as scheduled.

In the meantime, we’ve been following many discussions of what to read or view online for information or distraction in the midst of COVID-19 news coverage. We’re providing some links to sources that we hope you’ll find helpful, comforting or entertaining.

The Atlantic 10 Days Later: What Italians Wish They Had Known
The Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest 2019 Winning Essays
Greywolf Press Paul Lisicky, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World
The Guardian A Dystopian Reading List: books to enjoy while in quarantine
Hektoen International Jamie Samson, The Other Kingdom
Kirkus Novels To Get You Through a Pandemic
MarketWatch What to stream in a pandemic? Here are 25 comfort shows to binge and get your mind off coronavirus
MedHumChat Poetry for Healthcare Providers? A Pediatrician’s Prescription
The New Republic Why You Should Watch Movies About Pandemics, During Pandemics
The New Yorker Jill Lepore, It’s Spreading
The New York Times Your Quarantine Reader: Fearing the worst? Writers have been doing that for centuries. Best pandemic novels from Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King.
Seven Essential Books About Pandemics
Slate Decoder Ring Podcast: Rubber Duckie  How hot baths, cheap plastic, and Sesame Street helped make the rubber duck.
The Most Interesting Shakespeare Books, Movies and Websites

Of course, for the most current updates on the coronavirus, use these links:

Mayo Clinic News Network:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Minnesota Department of Health:


Our best wishes to you all,


The Staff of the Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine

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