Humanities in Medicine


NYCOM SGA’s  Humanities in Medicine Initiative promotes the integration of the humanities in the medical environment to support, in the words of the Mayo Clinic, the  ideal that the needs of the patient come first. Medical Humanities, as broadly defined by the NYU School of Medicine, is:

an interdisciplinary field of humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history and religion), social science (anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology), and the arts (literature, theater, film, and visual arts) and their application to medical education and practice. The humanities and arts provide insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, our responsibility to each other, and offer a historical perspective on medical practice. Attention to literature and the arts helps to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection — skills that are essential for humane medical care. The social sciences help us to understand how bioscience and medicine take place within cultural and social contexts and how culture interacts with the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced.

Students are encouraged to explore the resources below, email the SGA with any questions or ideas, and let us know what you’re up to– we’d love to share your work or ideas!

Ars Medica, a journal of medicne, the arts, and humanities
The Abaton
Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
The Bioethics Institute of New York Medical College
Bellevue Literary review
Medical History Library @ Yale
Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine
Medical Humanities @ NYU SOM
Humanities in Medicine (HIM) Collection @ UMASS Medical School
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine Journal

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