Medical Humanities

Medical schools are increasingly seeking applicants with a broad, humanistic approach to medical care and who are adept at thinking through emerging questions in medical ethics.  In this learning cohort, students considering a career in the medical field will engage in sustained critical reflection on the meaning of such concepts as the nature of suffering, health, quality of life, disability, and the purpose of research, in the context of the history of such ideas within fields such as literature, philosophy, religion, and politics.

The goal of this sequence is an integrated, longitudinal academic program in medical humanities that would provide students the skill set to 1) engage in sustained critical reflection on the meaning of such concepts as the nature of suffering, health, quality of life, disability, and the purpose of research, in the context of the history of such ideas within fields such as literature, philosophy, religion and politics, and 2) analyze and formulate recommendations for action in situations of actual ethical dilemmas regarding health care.

The cohort offers a 4 year sequence for students who enter Honors self-identified as pre-medical, pre-health professions in general, or pre-bench science.

Structure:  This cohort offers a 4 year sequence for students who enter Honors self-identified as pre medical, pre health professions in general, or pre bench science. 

  • Good, True, Beautiful sequence
  • Ethics 2050
  • 1 Credit sophomore professional experience
  • Social Science requirement
  • Upper Level Theology: Death and Dying
  • Junior Tutorial: The Good Doctor – Philosophy 2117
  • Senior Thesis (Senior Thesis I and II)
  • Possible Study Abroad Component

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