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.
Christine Todd, MD and Carolyn Pointer, JD will be attending the 2016 "Beyond Flexner" Conference in Miami during September, 2016. The SIU Medical School has been a part of this national movement since September of 2011, when a site visit team chose the medical school to become a participant because of its "stated commitment to local and regional care, deliberate recruitment of underrepresented minorities and students from rural backgrounds...and its focus on primary care education." From the 2016 Beyond Flexner informational website:
Carolyn Pointer, JD, attended the Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in Indianapolis April 6-8 to discuss "Issue-Based Coalition Building," the intersection of doctors, lawyers, and healthcare workers to effect change, specifically within the pediatric community where asthma puts children at high risk. Carolyn shared the SIU MLP platform with Dr. Sameer Vohra and Dr. Janet Albers during the conference.
TED Talk: Living, Dying and the Problem with Hope
Dr. Leslie Blackhall, Head of Palliative Care at the University of Virginia, believes that accepting dying as a part of life allows us to achieve a fuller and richer life with the days that we live.
Sound & Query features an interview with Penny White, from the Department of Medical Humanities, about the problem of food insecurity and what can be done locally to help.
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Dr. Christine Todd interviews Dr. Charles Ellington about the program that confers a medical degree and a legal degree upon the student:
Carolyn Pointer, JD, Assistant Professor in Medical Humanites, discusses the importance of law and medicine working together for medical students as well as for the community.
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Stacy Sattovia, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, discusses patient safety with Christine Todd, MD.
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