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Department of Medical Humanities

The Mission of the Department of Medical Humanities is to ensure critical dialog about health, health care and the human condition.

The Department of Medical Humanities at Southern Illinois University offers a curriculum designed to provide medical students with a core knowledge in the humanities, emphasizing application of the content and methodologies of humanities disciplines to the practice of medicine. These humanities disciplines include: ethics, health policy, medical history, medical jurisprudence, psychosocial care, and religious studies.




December 8: Year 3 Medical Humanities Clerkship begins


July 1, 2014, Carolyn A. Pointer, JD signs on as Assistant Professor in Department of Medical Humanities.

Ms. Pointer comes to SIU from Richmond, Virginia where she has worked as a specialist for the Affordable Care Act and other health law issues for the Framme Law Firm. There,Carolyn worked with clients on legal issues including family law, insurance, public benefits, and landlord-tenant issues.

Carolyn Pointer received her JD from Boston University and currently has bar admissions in Massachusetts, Virginia and in the US District Court of Virginia, Western District.