Tag: Program Development

Medical Humanities - Initiating the Journey at Xavier University School of Medicine

Dr P. Ravi Shankar has been facilitating medical humanities sessions for over eight years, first in Nepal and currently in Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean. He has a keen interest in and has written extensively on the subject. He has previously written several pieces for the Literature, Arts, and Medicine blog. I have always enjoyed facilitating medical humanities sessions right from the time I facilitated my first voluntary module for interested students at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, [read more]

What Is Medical Humanities and Why?

Commentary by Jack Coulehan, M.D., M.P.H., Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Fellow, Center for Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Stony Brook University, New York “Medical humanities” is one of those I-know-one-when-I-see-one terms. Taken literally, the two words have about the same level of specificity as would “medical sciences,” which includes everything from biochemistry to pathology. No wonder our scientific colleagues press us to give a more precise definition or, even better, an accurate description of just what we are trying [read more]

Further Reflections on Medical Humanities

Commentary by Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Director, Program in Medical Humanities & Arts, University of California Irvine School of Medicine   The intriguing musings of Brian Dolan on this blog (Medical Humanities: Education or Entertainment?) and the incisive comment by Schuyler Henderson inevitably provoke further reflection on the medical humanities and what they are doing in medical education. I would like to add, somewhat discursively but I hope ultimately relevantly, to the discussion as follows. [read more]

Medical Humanities: Education or Entertainment?

Commentary by Brian Dolan, Ph.D., Professor of Social Medicine and Medical Humanities at University of California at San Francisco A few weeks ago, I hosted a workshop for faculty from a number of campuses who work within medical centers and are involved with medical humanities courses or programs. My opinion at that time was that scholarship and courses in the medical humanities needed to be academically rigorous to gain credibility amongst medical educators who are obsessed with defining skill sets, [read more]

Establishing a Medical Humanities Program at George Washington University School of Medicine

Commentary by Linda Raphael, Ph.D., Director of Medical Humanities and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences My introduction to medicine and humanities occurred at a Narrative Medicine Seminar in New York in 2003. I was attracted to the seminar because my teaching and writing have focused on narrative theory and representations of the Holocaust in literature and film. Thus, how one tells stories, especially stories about pain and suffering, have long been an interest of mine. I was [read more]

The Craft of Writing: A Workshop for Doctors-in-training

Commentary by Anna Reisman, M.D., Co-Director, Department of Internal Medicine Writers’ Workshop, Yale University School of Medicine In this blog, I’ll tell you about a writing workshop for residents at Yale that centers on the craft of writing, and I’ll argue that this focus has great value for doctors-in-training. We created the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshop in 2003 to enhance residents’ power of observation, provide a creative outlet, increase empathy, encourage reflection, and, through all of these, to [read more]

The Patients as Teachers, Medical Students as Filmmakers VIdeo Project: The Video Slam

Commentary by Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., Director, Medical Humanities Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine Last year I asked 8 medical students to make films about patients. In pairs, they spent 8 months visiting and filming a patient and filming their real lives. They had to make at least three visits (most made 5-6), interview someone else in the patient’s life, go to a medical visit, and capture how the patient adhered, or failed to adhere, to the medical regimen. [read more]

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