The Maine Arts and Humanities in Medicine Fall Workshop

Saturday, October 26  -  Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine 

Kate Braestrup
Keynote Address
Sponsored by Northern Light Family Medicine Residency and the University of Maine Graduate Programs in Intermedia

This day-long experiential workshop welcomes Northern New England family medicine faculty, residents, and others with an interest in the arts & humanities in family medicine education and healthcare.

Registration fee: $75.00 (Scroll down for registration form)

Approved for 7 hours of AMA Category I CME.

Setting the stage

  • 8 am: Continental breakfast

  • ​8:30 am: Welcome and introductions: Patrick McFarlane, MSN, MSW, MA

  • 8:45 am: Keynote Address: Kate Braestrup

  • 10 am: Engaging Medical Learners in the Humanities: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

  • 10:40 am: Art and Humanities in Practice: David Loxterkamp, MD, MA

  • 11:20 am: Getting Lost to Find Your Way: William Miller, MD, MA

  • Noon: Lunch

Taking the stage

  • 1 pm: Understanding, self-expression, and engagement through the arts: An afternoon of experiential workshops in the poetic, narrative, visual, and dramatic arts

  • 4 pm: Discussion of the arts and humanities in our residency programs

  • 5 pm: Wrap-up

Off stage

  • 5:30 pm: Reception at the Hutchinson Center with local craft beers and cider

  • Supper on your own  – annotated list and sign-up sheet will be made available


  • Build excitement for the arts & humanities in family medicine residency education

  • Network with other like-minded learners

  • Share your experience in developing an arts and humanities residency curriculum


Kate Braestrup is a community minister, chaplain of the Maine Warden Service, and New York Times best-selling author of three books. The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Kate spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, DC, and rural Maryland. She was educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University. She now lives down the road with her artist husband, Simon van der Ven, and their six children.

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH is a professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has taught medical humanities for two decades using various mediums of art museum trips, film, reflective writing, and poetry. He currently is helping to create a Medical Humanities Lab at the medical school.

David Loxterkamp, MD, MA is a family doctor, writer and author, and apologist for small town family medicine. His many essays have appeared in JAMA, the BMJ, and Annals of Family Medicine. He is now on faculty at Northern Light Family Medicine & Residency in Bangor.

William L. Miller, MD, MA is a family physician, medical anthropologist, and Chair Emeritus at Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Lehigh River watershed of eastern Pennsylvania. For more than three decades, Will has explored healing relationships, the general practice environments in which they develop, and how to improve them. Currently, he seeks to re-imagine general practice and primary medical care for the future and mentor the next generation of family medicine leaders.

Things to do in and near Belfast:

  • Eat at Chase’s Daily, Moonbat Bakery, Meanwhile in Belfast, Young’s Lobster Pound

  • Drink in the tasting rooms of Waldo County’s many craft breweries and only cider bar

  • Shop at Eat More Cheese, Left Bank Books, Belfast Coop, United Farmers Market

  • Walk the Harbor Walk, Rail Trail, Museum in the Streets, or Bald Rock Mountain Trail

  • Explore Belfast History Museum, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Farnsworth Art Museum or Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Owl’s Head Transportation Museum


Contact: if you have questions.

Please register by October 12, 2019. ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED

Make out your check for $75.00 to: Northern Light Family Medicine & Residency

Mail to:
Marie Pelkey
Center for Family Medicine
895 Union Street, Suite 12
Bangor, ME 04401

And THANK YOU for your interest!