The Pulitzer’s Medical Humanities program helps medical students and professionals hone their observation skills, increase their tolerance for ambiguity, and build empathy for patients and colleagues. These skills are invaluable for medical professionals, but are often overlooked in formal medical training.

The program was developed by Yoko Kiyoi, Assistant Curator of Education at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and collaborator Dr. Somalee Banerjee, a physician/public health researcher at the Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. Together, Kiyoi and Dr. Banerjee lead virtual workshops drawing from exhibitions at the Pulitzer to inform discussion.

Our current exhibition, Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake, provides a perfect springboard to discuss complex topics that are often overlooked during medical training: the human body and symbolism, death and dying, the meaning of life and work, among others.

Workshops are currently virtual and can be scheduled for 60 or 90 minutes based on the needs of the group. To inquire about the program and schedule a private workshop for your group, please contact