Medical Humanities Events

Art Aloud: Spoken Art for the Health Sciences

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

—George Jessel

Art Aloud is the new monthly spoken art café where you can relax in a casual atmosphere among friends, enjoy free food and Java City cofee, and sign up for a place at the mic. Art aloud is open to anyone affiliated with the Arizona Health Sciences Center: students, faculty, staff, patients and families. 

Read your own work or that of a favorite author. Just show up, sign in, and open your mouth! All forms of spoken art are welcome, five minutes or less in length (about 750 words).

Monthly, 12-1 in the Java City Café in the Health Sciences Library.  Dates for Fall 2014 are:  Tuesdays - September 23, October 21, November 25 and December 16

Questions about Art Aloud? Email Ron Grant, MD, MFA, Director, Medical Humanities.

Monday Movie Madness

Our thriving film club shows movies 1-2 times per month at the College of Medicine. Film nights include a free dinner, and are open to students enrolled in any AHSC training program. Past screenings include everything from comedies (Thank you for Not SmokingNacho Libre) to dramas (Gross Anatomy) to thrillers (FlatlinersDirty Pretty Things) and documentaries (Born into Brothels). Join us for a show!

Solidarity Day - Solidarity for Compassionate Patient Care

Typically held on or near Valentine’s Day, National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care is when we encourage medical schools, patient care institutions and other organizations around the country to show their support of the importance of kindness to patients. In 2014,  seventy-five chapters of theGold Humanism Honor Societyand institutions across the country celebrated this special day.  This year, the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the GHHS will hold a week of activiites to recognize and focus on "The Power of Humanism".

Speaker Series

The Medical Humanities Program features speakers on a variety of topics touching on the intersection of humanism, medicine and the arts. Past speakers include:

  • Dan Asia, Composer, Professor
  • Robert Olen Butler, Author
  • Rafael Campo, MD, Physician and Poet
  • Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine, Columbia University Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH, Author and Poet
  • Alison Deming, Poet, Essayist, Teacher
  • Alain DuBos, MD, Former President of Doctors without Borders Anne Finger, Author
  • Anne Finger, Author
  • Kenny Fries, Author
  • William Grana, MD, MPH, Physician
  • Allan Hamilton, MD, Physician and Author
  • W. Kenneth Holditch, MD, Physician and Author
  • Fenton Johnson, Professor and Author
  • Kenneth Ludmerer, MD, Physician and Medical Historian
  • D.T. Max, Author
  • Julie Rovner, NPR Health Correspondent
  • Tony Phalen and Joan Rater, Writers and Co-executive producers for television’s Grey’s Anatomy
  • Timothy Quill, MD, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester Abraham Verghese, MD, Physician and Author
  • Nikki Westra, Artist
  • Dan Shapiro, PhD, Author, Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Penn State

Willed Body Memorial Service and Tree Blessing Ceremony

Each year, the Medical Humanities Program, along with the second-year medical students, hosts two donor honoring ceremonies: the Annual Tree Planting and Blessing Ceremony and the Willed Body Memorial Service. These ceremonies bring together medical students and the family members and friends of those who have donated their bodies to medical education. The service recognizes the importance of the donation and shows thanks for the impact of this sacred gift.

Based on the traditional American Indian blessings that are common among many of the tribes of Arizona, the tree blessing ceremony recognizes those who have given their bodies for the advancement of medical knowledge. The ceremony, led by Carlos Gonzales, MD, honors the 7 sacred directions: East, South, West, North, upward (Sky), downward (Earth) and the center (Creator). Each direction has particular qualities and properties that remind us, human beings, that we should use those qualities and properties to live more perfect lives. In recognizing the 7 sacred directions when planting the tree, we honor our benefactors and offer heartfelt thanks to them and their families for this sacred gift.

You can view images from past ceremonies in our special events photo galleries (NetID login required).