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The Humanities Pathway to a Medical Career

NSU’s Medical Humanities Minor | NSU
Thursday, 10/24/19

The Medical Humanities minor is designed to give students an overview of the ways that the medical arts and sciences intersect and interact with various disciplines in the humanities, with regard to the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, medicine and philosophy, and medicine and law.

Oh, The Medical Schools Places You Can Go….With A Humanities Major! | NSU
Thursday, 10/24/19

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as long as you meet medical school prerequisite course requirements, you can major in ANYTHING, including English, history, and philosophy, and still be a competitive candidate for medical school—and perhaps be more than competitive, since your application may stand out.

Dual Admission at NSU | NSU
Thursday, 10/24/19

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as long as you meet medical school prerequisite course requirements, you can major in ANYTHING, including English, history, and philosophy, and still be a competitive candidate for medical school—and perhaps be more than competitive, since your application may stand out.

Dual Admission: Osteopathic Medicine Programs | NSU
Thursday, 10/24/19

The seven-year program is a combined program; students will follow a three-year prescribed course of study in any undergraduate major. Students will be awarded a bachelor's degree upon successful completion of the first year of medical education at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

To Be a Good Doctor, Study the Humanities | Pacific Standard
Thursday, 10/24/19

An emphasis on the humanities in medical school trains future doctors to become proficient in the social and cultural context of health care.

Best Pre-Med Majors | Princeton Review
Thursday, 10/24/19

What you major in doesn’t matter nearly as much to admission committees as your GPA. And many future doctors do major in non-science related fields. The best pre-med major for you is something that truly interests you (and that you can excel in), rather than merely what you think med schools want to see.

Focusing on Arts, Humanities to Develop Well-Rounded Physicians | AAMC
Thursday, 10/24/19

Learning about history, visual and performing arts, and literature can help physicians develop empathy and professionalism—skills that will lead to deeper connections with patients…Bringing the humanities and arts into medical education is one way to help students form deeper connections with patients, maintain joy in medicine, and develop empathy and resiliency. These ‘are all core areas for physicians, and all of these are anchored in the arts and humanities.’

This is why the humanities are important in medicine | KevinMD
Thursday, 10/24/19

As a medical student having completed my undergraduate major in the humanities, I often receive the question, “Why did you choose to do that?” The underlying thought behind asking why I would choose a major in the humanities… …The field of the humanities, as the word suggests and as I’ve incorporated through my studies, is very much about the human. It seeks to answer the question, “What is the human?”

A Complete Medical Education Includes the Arts and Humanities | AMA Journal of Ethics
Thursday, 10/24/19

Of the many crises in health care today, one of the most troubling is the perceived loss of empathy among medical students and residents. Medicine, at its core, is about caregiving…Advocates for the arts and humanities in medicine have offered their disciplines as a partial solution to the challenge of character education. They argue that the arts and humanities can be used to teach empathy, professionalism, and other character competencies. While these approaches have value, they may actually undersell the contributions that the arts and humanities offer medicine.

Humanities in medicine: preparing for practice | US National Library of Medicine
Thursday, 10/24/19

According to the Association for Medical Humanities, the study of humanities contributes to the development of students’ and practitioners’ capacity to listen, interpret, and communicate, while fostering an appreciation for the ethical dimensions of practice. This places more focus on the patient as a whole, assessing both objective and subjective experiences of illness and health.

Medical Students’ Exposure to the Humanities Correlates with Positive Personal Qualities and Reduced Burnout | Journal of General Internal Medicine
Thursday, 10/24/19

This study confirms the association between exposure to the humanities and both a higher level of students’ positive qualities and a lower level of adverse traits.

Why Medicine Needs the Humanities (And No, It’s Not Just About Empathy) | History News Network
Thursday, 10/24/19

The humanities have a lot to offer medicine—it isn’t primarily empathy. The humanities cultivate creative analytical thinking that can help complement and enrich knowledge gained from the clinical algorithms and checklists that currently dominate medical care. We ought to invest in what the humanities can actually do for medicine: to train future health professionals in narrative, attention, observation, historical perspective, ethics, judgment, performance, and creativity.

Medical humanities in medical education and practice | Medical Teacher
Thursday, 10/24/19

With this rapid advancement of technology in science and medicine, aligned with increasing pressures of productivity, are we able still to cultivate and preserve the necessary balance with humanistic care and caring? The art and science of medicine? Fundamental to all this is whether physicians and healthcare practitioners in general are equipped to deal with what their patients need in the 21st century, and whether indeed their education is geared to a prepared heart and mind.

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