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Dear Friends, Please stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented and extraordinarily difficult times. Dr. Joseph Weiner has generously shared this beautiful and inspiring writing with us all.

Sustained Strength through the COVID19 Pandemic

Joseph S. Weiner, MD, PhD

Sustained strength is not aggression, nor muscular feats. It is not violence or coercion, nor is it righteous anger.
Sustained strength is fueled by compassion, by solidarity, by community.
Sustained strength is endurance. It is focus, aspiration and discipline.
Sustained strength is the willingness to do the mundane with lightness and joy.
It is the belief in goodness and the power of peace, and the pleasure of generosity towards others.
Sustained strength lives in simplicity, not aspiration towards prestige, power or possessions.
Sustained strength is feeling the abundance of having less.
Sustained strength is the freedom found in not having to be special while feeling love for oneself.
Sustained strength blossoms through connection with others who feel special to you.
Sustained strength grows through the convergence of high ideals, disciplined structure and acts of compassion.
We need sustained strength now. The world has changed under our feet. The old no longer exists. Nor does the present.
We need sustained strength in our leaders. Our followers. Our parents. Our children. Our life partners. Our friends.
We need to give our enemies sustained strength because that is how they will become our friends.
Sustained strength begins with ourselves.
That is the way forward.

Dr. Joseph Weiner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education,
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Humanities in Medicine Program

The Humanities in Medicine Program provides opportunities for the students, faculty and staff of the Zucker School of Medicine, as well as of the Northwell Health System and Hofstra University, to partake in the arts, literature, history and the humanities. These experiences are designed to help healthcare professionals develop the broader perspectives necessary to understand the true impact of illness on patients’ lives. By encouraging healthcare professionals to pursue their interests and passions in the arts, the Humanities in Medicine Program also assists them in finding and maintaining the essential balance necessary for them to be their best selves, both professionally and personally. 

The Humanities in Medicine Program houses the Osler Society of the Zucker School of Medicine, a forum dedicated to pursuing the humanities among healthcare professionals. No-fee membership in the Osler Society is open to all faculty, students and staff of the Zucker School of Medicine and its affiliated entities, and all programming is provided free of charge and is open to members of the public. The Humanities in Medicine Program operates under the direction of the Dean’s Office.

COVID19 update: During these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we delve into the humanities to gain perspective and to cope with the traumatic experiences and difficult emotions we are facing. We have developed a series of online health humanities programs and all are welcome to participate. In addition, we are publishing reflective pieces written by students, faculty and staff members during these challenging times.


To submit your reflection or for more information, please email Lisa Martin at

Humanities in Medicine - Program Highlights

Medicine 2020 Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit has gone online

Due to COVID-19, we have had to postpone our exhibit at the Zucker School of Medicine until Hofstra University re-opens. In the meantime, please enjoy our online exhibit!

Individually Intersex: Raising the voice of a hidden community

Individually Intersex featured a powerful discussion and art exhibit by artist, speaker, and activist, Emily Quinn, who shared her own story and gave voice to twenty others each depicted in powerful portraits. |Read More|

Individually Intersex: Raising the voice of a hidden community

Caring for the Racist Patient

Zucker School of Medicine event addresses patient bias. |Read More|

Caring for Racist Patient

Upcoming Events

Check out our Nnew Online Humanities in Medicine Series:

Hope in the Time of Chemo, A Book Reading & Discussion. David Lee Nelson will read excerpts from his new book which is based on blogs he wrote through the course of his treatments for Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Join via ZOOM: Tuesday, May 12, 5pm For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click

Come Write with Us! Our May 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m. session will be offered online via Zoom. To RSVP: Email for the link to participate.

The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, Living with Tourette’s Syndrome,A live theatrical performance by actor/playwright Gardiner Comfort of this one-man autobiographical show, followed by discussion and Q&A. Join via ZOOM: Tues, May 26, 5pm. For more information, and RSVP/ZOOM link, click

Join us for a Virtual NEGEA Conference: Health Humanities as a Teaching and Learning Strategy, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 2:45 - 5:15 p.m. via ZOOM. For more information or to register, visit:

The 2020 Celebration of Visual Art Exhibit is now available for viewing in our online exhibit.

Read Reflections submitted by Students, Faculty and Staff members. If you have one you would like to share, please email

The 9th Issue of Narrateur, Reflections on Caring is now available to view online.

All in-person scheduled events have been postponed until further notice.

Register Here or Email Us