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.

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Music Performances

Mayo Clinic patients, visitors, and staff have numerous opportunities every week to enjoy varied musical selections performed by both local and visiting musicians.

  • Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Concert Series
    • The Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Concert Series is a music program sponsored by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, initiated through the generosity of Rosemary and Meredith Willson (the "Music Man.")
    • Concerts are performed on most Mondays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Lips Atrium in the Charlton building.  Be sure to check the schedule published above, or the Events Calendar for performances dates and times.
  • Music is Good Medicine
    • Concerts are typically performed on the first Thursday of each month in the Gonda Building-Geffen Auditorium, featuring Mayo Clinic staff sharing their talents as a "give back" to patients and employees.  Be sure to check the Events Calendar for performance dates and times.
  • Music of the Rochester Carillon
    • Concerts are performed every weekday on the historic Rochester Carillon, the only carillon owned by a medical center in the world. Selections range from classical favorites to pop and jazz standards, and highlight the diversity of Mayo Clinic staff, patients, and visitors.

Visual Art Exhibitions

Art from around the world — photography, pottery, paintings, drawings, sculptures — that encourages quality of life at all stages of living is featured throughout the Mayo Clinic campus, both in permanent installations and special exhibitions.

Theater and Dance Events

Live theater or dance performances to inspire, teach or address universal human issues are held regularly and are open to all members of the Mayo Clinic community.

Workshops

Participants have an opportunity to reflect, interact and express themselves through varied methods and coping techniques such as art, creative writing, music and relaxation in one of Mayo Clinic's many free humanities workshops. Topics include:

  • Literature and Medicine (open to Mayo Clinic staff and students)
  • Medical Improv (open to Mayo Clinic staff and students)
  • Creative Renewal:  Workshops for Wellness. (open to patients, their families, and the public)  This series provides an opportunity to explore complementary/integrative medicine approaches and creative expression.  Thursdays, 12-1.  (for Mayo Clinic patients, visitors, guests).  Follow link above for schedule.  Co-sponsred with the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center

Lectures

Renowned speakers in medical ethics and the arts focusing on numerous topics are frequent visitors of Mayo Clinic.

Bedside Programs

This series of programs engages professional artists directly with patients, exploring the transformative, healing power of the arts. Visual artists, writers, musicians, and music therapists are available to visit patients in their rooms for private instruction or performances. For information about scheduling and availability, contact the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at humanitiesrochester@mayo.edu.

Coursework

Courses are available to the Mayo Clinic community (staff and students) to encourage involvement in the humanities in group settings. Past courses have included:

  • The Human Elements: a Series in the Healing Arts
  • Telling the Patient’s Story
  • Humanities for the Physician in Training
  • Creativity for the Physician in Training
  • The Practice of Narrative Medicine
  • Selected Independent Research Topics in Humanities

For information about scheduling and availability, contact the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at humanitiesrochester@mayo.edu.

Affiliations

Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota affiliates with community partners who help us achieve our goal of integrating the arts, history and ethics in the medical environment, supporting the Mayo ideal that the needs of the patient come first. Our Rochester community partners include:

Additionally, the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Year in Review

The Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, through the generosity of its benefactors, has brought many distinguished lecturers, events, healing music and thoughtful conversations to Mayo Clinic. From the rousing drums and dancing from Ragamala and the Taiko drums; to a conversation with Samuel Holiday, a WWII Navajo Code Talker; healing art from Christopher Ayers during his cancer journey; each year is filled with numerous and varied events that speak to Mayo Clinic's commitment to patient care through the humanities.

The annual Year in Review contains highlights and summaries of events hosted and partnered with the Center for Humanities in Medicine. Recent years can be found below:

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