Health Humanities at UIC
Health Humanities describe and interpret the theory and practice of medicine through works of philosophy, ethics, history, literature, sociology and anthropology. Various programs focused on the Health Humanities have been an important part of the medical education environment at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1978 when a medical humanities position was created with the goal of developing humanities instruction for the health sciences center.
The Department of Medical Education also hosts the endowed Begando Lecture series which has featured such speakers as Lori Andrews, Sander Gilman, Dorothy Roberts, and Ruth Faden. In the past, proceeds from the Davis endowment have been used to sponsor a lecture series which each year brings several eminent scholars to the campus. These scholars lecture on such timely issues as abortion, AIDS, women’s health and have offered historical perspectives on key developments and social shifts in medicine. The Traub-Byfield endowment supports a competitive fellowship among UIC physicians for training in clinical ethics.
Body Electric is a journal of literary and visual arts created by students in the College of Medicine at UIC with support from faculty in the Department of Medical Education.
Support for Student Groups and Activities
Faculty in the Department of Medical Education provide mentoring and support for student groups as well. The UIC COM Artists student group is one such student-led organization providing programs to encourage integration of the arts and humanities in the student experience. Recent activities include a presentation by Dr. Andrew Howard on the use of cartooning to communicate with cancer patients (See “Medical Humanities Events at UIC ” below.)