Early in the morning on October 7th, a Saturday so delightfully sunny and warm that it no doubt belonged to the extended summer of 2017, a contingent of NYU medical students boarded a packed southbound Amtrak train at Pennsylvania Station. Shepherded by second-year students Mackenzie Roof and Nishanth Iyengar, the co-leaders of the medical school’s History of Medicine Club, the enthusiastic group of 15 was headed to Philadelphia to visit the renowned Mutter Museum. The Museum was founded in the [read more]
Dr. Michael F. Myers is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and a specialist in physician health. In April, he and his associate Carla Fine were invited to speak to a group of first and fourth year medical students, faculty and staff about physician suicide at a session of “Why Wellness Matters,” a para-curricular course in medical humanities at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Myers recently published “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: [read more]
Gabriel Redel-Traub interviews Dr. David Oshinsky Last month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine. He is the author of Bellevue:Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital and won the Pulitzer prize for his book Polio: An American Story. Gabriel Redel-Traub: Dr. Oshinsky, thanks so much for meeting with me. David Oshinsky: My pleasure. GRT: I really enjoyed reading your new [read more]
By J. Russell Teagarden On a recent winter’s evening, Pulitzer Prize winners David Oshinsky and Paul Harding appeared together at the NYU Center for Humanities in an event cosponsored by the NYU Division of Medical Humanities and the Bellevue Literary Press. Erika Goldman, the publisher and editorial director of the Bellevue Literary Press, moderated the session. Jane Tylus, faculty director of the NYU Center for Humanities, provided opening and closing remarks. The evening also had support from the Pulitzer Prize [read more]
An interview with Philip Cawkwell, MS4, NYU School of Medicine, Rudin Fellow 2014-15 By: Katie Grogan, DMH, Associate Director, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine Assistance from Tamara Prevatt, Intern, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine The Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities supports medical trainees at NYU School of Medicine – including medical students, residents, and clinical fellows – pursuing year-long research projects in medical humanities and medical ethics under the mentorship of senior faculty. It was established [read more]
In Part 2 of her interview with Katie Grogan, Emily Milam discusses how photography is used in medicine today. For Part I, click here. As a second component to your project, you surveyed dermatologists nationwide about their use and opinion of medical photography. What did you discover about current practices? Current practices vary depending on the clinical setting and the specialty. I restricted my survey to dermatologists because it is a population that relies on regular use of medical [read more]
An Interview with Emily Milam, MS4, NYU School of Medicine, Rudin Fellow 2014-15 By: Katie Grogan, DMH, Associate Director, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine, NYU School of Medicine The Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities supports medical trainees at NYU School of Medicine – including medical students, residents, and clinical fellows – pursuing year-long research projects in medical humanities and medical ethics under the mentorship of senior faculty. It was established in 2014 through a grant from the [read more]
many of us in the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities believe that it is only through a meeting of the minds between biomedicine and other fields such as literature, art, philosophy and history that we can understand the experiences of patients and providers of care (roles that almost all of us will inhabit at some point in our lives).
As medical schools began offering courses in the arts, humanities and creative writing as a way to increase students’ awareness of the “softer side” of caregiving, nursing programs hurried ever farther away from touch and ever closer to technology.
Commentary by Thomas Lawrence Long, Associate Professor-in-Residence, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut Name three popular physician writers working today. Atul Gawande. Pauline Chen. Oliver Sacks. Jill Bolte Taylor. Jerome Groopman. Rafael Campo. Deepak Chopra. Edward de Bono. Andrew Weil. Well, that was easy. Now name three physician authors who are part of the Western literary canon. Hippocrates. Galen. The author of the Gospel According to Luke and of Acts of the Apostles. Hildegard of Bingen. Charles Eastman. Arthur Conan [read more]