It has been understood since the time of Hippocrates that physicians must take into account social, cultural, and psychological aspects of patients’ lives if scientific medical treatment is to be successful. All these components of practice have been part of medical education for centuries.
The Center For Medical Humanities offers required and elective experiences that emphasize social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence healthcare, the doctor-patient relationship, and the consequences of illness for patients and their families.
The Center sponsors community outreach activities, and uses the arts, humanities, and social sciences to provide examples that illuminate these issues, and encourage observation, analysis, and self-reflection.
Medical humanities enhances physicians’ skills in working with diverse groups of patients, and understanding the factors that influence healthcare.