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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.

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upcoming events

The Department of Medical Humanities and the Friends of the Pearson Museum invite you to attend:

“Take Those Partitions Down! An Examination of the Life and Times of Dr. Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew, M.D.”

Dr. Kenniebrew, who worked in Jackson and Springfield, founded the New Home Sanitarium, the first Black-owned and -operated surgical hospital, in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1909.

The 19th Annual Pearson Memorial History Lecture will be presented by Wesley Robinson-McNeese, MD, Executive Assistant to the Dean for Diversity and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at SIU, and is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the South Auditorium at 801 N. Rutledge Avenue.

Please call Sarah Peters at 545-4261 for further information about the Pearson Lecture.


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