The medical humanities offer a look at
medicine from a variety of perspectives not normally available in the more
scientific curriculum offered in most medical schools. Medical humanities
include perspectives of the historian, the story teller, the anthropologist,
the ethicist, the attorney, the psychiatrist and others.
Such perspectives prove
a broadening context for the practice of medicine, a context that allows the
physician to place his or her work into relationship with other established
fields of knowledge.
Many physicians find
the medical humanities to be helpful in their daily practice. The emphasis on
language and communication, the attention to problem solving, and most
importantly, the development of critical thinking that the medical humanities
encourage serve to ground, deepen, and enrich the work of these physicians.
The most humane of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities.
Student Responses To Medical
significant strength was the healthy environment created for discussion
.... GREAT CLASS -- I highly recommend it!!"
course gave me insight into why medicine is like it is today. We also discussed
the future and politics -- very interesting! I really think this should
be given to everyone -- we should all know the beginnings of our chosen
has been about the most thought provoking course I have ever had .... It
was a definite plus to have the disciplines of medicine, law and nursing
we had more time. Would love to continue this course in my residency. Thanks
we could have taken these humanities courses all through school."
the course an A +."
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Times and places of
class meetings to be announced after consultation with enrolled students.
All instructors are
aware that seniors need to be away for interviewing and thus
reasonable accommodation for your travel
Religion and Medicine
- Understanding practices and beliefs of the
world's religions regarding health, medicine and ethics and strategies for
respectful clinical interactions with patients and families
Art and Medicine - Art & Medicine is a
course designed to explore the relationship among fine/performing arts,
medical practice, personal illness, and healing processes. The course will
look at such arts as dance, music, theater, painting, sculpture, and
photography as both therapeutic and expressive for patients and
of Medical Humanities electives are particularly important and useful in
the final semesters of medical school because they afford the new physician
an opportunity to reflect upon medical school and to prepare the residency
experience. They invite a thoughtful assessment of medicine and of the
physician's many roles within the profession.
- 501-661-7970 at the Division of Medical Humanities.
For more information please contact:
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Department of Medical Humanities