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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.


Nuremberg's Legacy: Law, Medicine & Ethics

Continuing Education Program

May 31-June 7, 2014

Visit Munich and Nuremberg to learn about the role of law, medicine, and ethics in Germany during and after WWII. Participants will have the opportunity to tour sites of legal and historical significance, including the courthouse in which the Nuremberg Trials occurred and the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, and receive lectures from international experts in their fields. Along with a rich educational program, there will be time for independent sightseeing, including a visit to the picturesque Bavarian town of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This program is sponsored by the SIU School of Law and the SIU School of Medicine, and is supported, in part, by funds from the First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Champman LLC.

Course segments include (subject to change):

Overview of WWII’s Medical & Legal Atrocities and the Implications for Modern Medical and Legal Practice 

When Ethics Fail: The Lawyers, Judges, and Doctors of the Third Reich

The Epidemic of Mass Incarceration and the Implications for Attorneys and Medical Professionals 

and many more.

Faculty include:

  Cynthia Fountaine
Dean & Professor of Law
Michele Mekel
Adjunct Professor of Law
  Kevin Dorsey
Dean & Professor of Medicine
Marsha Ryan
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Law
  W. Eugene Basanta
SIH Professor of Law & Medicine
Christine Todd
Associate Professor
Chair of Medical Humanities
  Lucian Dervan
Assistant Professor of Law

For a more complete look at the week-long event, including information on accreditation, cost and registration, visit:


upcoming in the department

Everyone is invited to attend

Carolyn Pointer, J.D., B.S.

Department of Medical Humanities
Assistant Professor Candidate

"Rx:  Lawyer--Meeting the Challenges of Health Care Reform"

Monday, April 14, 2014
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Dirksen Conference Room
801 N. Rutledge, Room 4175E


SIU School of Law's Health Policy Institute: From Critical Shortage to Critical Mass:  Addressing the Lack of Donor Organs

The 16th Annual Health Policy Institute, sponsored by SIU's School of Law, School of Medicine, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and Southern Illinois Healthcare will be held on Friday, May 16, 8:30-3:30 pm in the Lesar Law Building, 1150 Douglas Dr., Carbondale IL. Room 108 (simulcast to the Dirksen Conference Room at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield).

Presenters will include Dean Kappel, BA, MSW., President/CEO of Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS); Steve Harvey, JD, lead counsel and owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC; Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program W. McKim Marriott Professor of Pediatrics Washington University; T. Randolph Beard, PhD, Professor of Economics, Auburn University; and Andrew Cameron, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Liver Transplant program at John Hopkins Hospital.

For more information about the Health Policy Institute and registration, contact the Southern Illinois University School of Law.