Through the Medical Humanities program, students learn to frame issues in patient care within a cultural, social and historical perspective. The Medical Humanities are disciplines that better equip medical students to respond to and relieve suffering, understand the experience of illness and disability, and find deeper value in the practice of medicine. They include the arts, philosophy, religious and spiritual thought, history and cultural studies, among others. Students also gain a greater ability to resolve ethical dilemmas, address the social dimensions of disease, and understand the biases and limitations of science.
Faculty members from the humanities program are involved in several medical school courses. Required coursework in bioethics and electives such as Doctor-Patient Communication and Death and Dying are available, as is the innovative Humanities Scholar Program, which lets students design and complete a four-year individualized course of study. A broad range of elective humanities courses is also offered to all students.
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Medical Humanities Program News
Three College of Medicine students in the Medical Humanities program recently had their artwork and poetry recognized. The Medical Humanities are disciplines that inquire into the human experience of illness, healing and doctoring with attention to meaning, values and the history of ideas. (April 3, 2017)
Medical Humanities Seminar: "A Holy Song of Thanks: The Effect of the Humanities on the Human Spirit"
Lecture by Martin Goldsmith. View video (webcampus login required). (October 14, 2015)