Dr. Adam Striker discusses the discipline of medical humanities and the many ways humanities and anesthesiology intersect and interact with Dr. Audrey Shafer, guest editor of the March ASA Monitor. What can history and art tell us about our specialty and our patients? How can storytelling and poetry enhance our patient communication? What role do the humanities play in reminding us of the humanity of our patients, our fellow health care workers, and ourselves. This and more in this nuanced and rewarding episode. Recorded February 2023.
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Audrey Shafer, MD, is professor emerit of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Shafer is the founder of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse program and of the biomedical ethics and medical humanities scholarly concentration. She is also co-founder of Pegasus Physician Writers. Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Shafer completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, medical school at Stanford, anesthesiology training at University of Pennsylvania, and research fellowship at Stanford.
Dr. Shafer has taught courses including medical humanities and the arts as well as healing, illness, stories. She is the author of The Mailbox, a children’s novel on posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans. Her poetry on anesthesia, health humanities, and family life has been published in journals and anthologies.
Adam Striker, MD, FASA, is currently Chair of the ASA Committee on Communications, and is the series editor for ASA’s Central Line podcast series. He is an Associate Professor and serves as staff anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at Kentucky Children’s Hospital as part of the Joint Congenital Heart Care Program. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Purdue University and his medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Northwestern University.
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Date of last update: February 13, 2023