Humanities Courses, Workshops, and Resources
As humanities scholars, we are asked to support teachers in their efforts to infuse the humanities into classroom and clinical education. We collaborate with faculty to develop ideas for incorporating medical humanities, including narrative study and reflective writing, into curricula. We also are invited into classrooms to work directly with students using art and literature to stress the value of the patient’s voice and to help students develop keen skills of listening, observing, and interpreting that are crucial in clinical practice.
Faculty are encouraged to sit in on any of our three humanities courses to become familiar with our humanities initiative. These three courses are designed to develop students’ appreciation of the importance of human connection in practice. The courses include: Health Care and the Humanities, Films of the Clinical Experience, and Making Clinical Connections: Writing the Health Care Experience.
Each course emphasizes how the study of narrative and the act of writing can make students better interpreters of patient stories and more reflective in their own practice. These are 12-week electives for 2.5 credit hours.