Program in Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities Program at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine offers a collage of art, literature, and musical venues designed to enhance the traditional medical school curriculum. Events include Art Aloud, a monthly open mic forum; a journaling club where students write and discuss their inner thoughts and emotions; a speaker lecture series; and regular movie nights. Our literary and visual arts magazine Harmony is published annually. We also offer a reflective writing curriculum, a four-year longitudinal exercise that gives students a window into their own changing experience.

          Humanism: because all we have is each other.

—Anonymous

Why Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities Program at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine offers a collage of art, literature, and musical venues designed to enhance the traditional medical school curriculum. Events include Art Aloud, a monthly open mic forum; a journaling club where students write and discuss their inner thoughts and emotions; a speaker lecture series; and regular movie nights. Our literary and visual arts magazine Harmony is published annually. We also offer a reflective writing curriculum, a four-year longitudinal exercise that gives students a window into their own changing experience.

Medical humanities programs continue to expand and flourish in medical schools across the country. At the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City, students accepted through a unique humanities tract outperformed many of their colleagues during the clinical years. This finding that isn't surprising when you consider the benefits that brain diversification offer—including, potentially, more compassionate health care providers.

I remember feeling especially liberated when reflective writing became part of my daily practice. The ability to not just hone my skills, but to keep in touch with the altruistic side that brought me to medicine. That is our primary goal: to add humanism back into the world of the practitioner; to add a heart filled with humanity onto a brain deluged by so much knowledge.

Please join us and participate in some of our low-key events. You won't be sorry. It's worth the small amount of time away from your usual studies to hold on to the reasons you went into medicine in the first place. What have you got to lose?

Sincerely,

Ron Grant, MD, MFA
Director, Medical Humanities
Designated Institutional Official
rgrant@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-9896