This elective will consist of five sessions throughout the semester in which students will take a journey through medical humanities in order to learn and practice tools that will aid them in becoming more compassionate and empathic physicians. Each session will delve into a unique aspect of the humanities such as reading medical-themed literature of their choice, watching visual art, engaging in discussion on issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, confronting the stigma and biases surrounding mental health within healthcare, participating in poetry writing and storytelling, and creating art/drama/music pieces to express a topic of interest.
Harmony magazine is published once a year by the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Curricular Affairs department's Medical Humanities program. Written and visual submissions related to the world of medical humanities are considered. All University students and staff, Banner employees, and community indviduals, as well as national and international contributors are welcome to submit.
In 2019, the Curricular Affairs department's Medical Humanities program partnered with the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library to established a medical humanities literature section. Called The Arts, Wellness and Health Humanities Reading Collection, this area will enhance curricular programming with materials on humanistic perspectives to health and healthcare. The collection is comprised of unique and thought-provoking materials that highlight the intersection of humanities and health. Visitors can read poetry, short stories, essays, and more as they relax comfortably in the library.
Also in 2019, the Curricular Affairs department's Medical Humanities program collaborated with the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library to create the first reflection room on the UArizona campus. The Reflection Room provides a private, quiet and comfortable space for reflection or meditation, and is available to Univeristy of Arizona students, faculty, staff, residents and fellows. Funding was provided to furnish the Reflection Room with mats, a yoga bench, a meditation pillow, serene imagery, and shelving.
Tree Blessing / Willed Body Program
For 2020, Medical Humanities will host a lunch presentation, discussion and book signing with author and Tucson Festival of Books Panelist Marin Sardy. Her talk will focus on her most recent work, "The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia." The event will take place on Friday, March 13, from 12 noon-1pm in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library.