Physicians must not only master science, but also acquire greater human understanding and wisdom. The Medical Humanities are those disciplines that inquire into the human experience of illness, healing and doctoring with attention to meaning, values and the history of ideas. They better equip physicians to relieve suffering, understand the experience of illness and disability, find deeper value in the practice of medicine, resolve ethical dilemmas, confront mystery, learn from history, address social determinants of disease, and monitor the biases and limitations of science.
These fields of study include (but are not limited to):
literature; visual arts; theater; film
philosophy; ethics; religious and spiritual thought; contemplative studies
history, anthropology; sociology, cultural studies
Drexel's Medical Humanities Program, one of the first of its kind, remains at the forefront of medical education. All are welcome to sample any or all of our offerings.
Students who seek a more intensive humanities experience should consider our Humanities Scholars Certificate Program that offers a more extensive, scholarly concentration in Medical Humanities. Candidates complete an individualized course of study and are awarded a certificate of completion at time of graduation. Requirements include: attendance of a designated number of Humanities Grand Rounds and Humanities Electives, and completion of an independent study project.