The Program for Humanities in Medicine
The Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine offers a lively, meaningful, and provocative approach to the art and practice of medicine.
The medical humanities – which includes art, music, literature, drama, writing, philosophy, history, and more – can enrich our lives in medicine, increase our ability to observe, help us understand perspectives other than our own, shed light on community concerns, expose our assumptions, and provide a means for grappling with the inherent uncertainty in medicine.
But they can – and should – do more than that. Here at Yale, we strive to use the medical humanities as a springboard to raise the critical consciousness of our community. Through a wide variety of opportunities, both curricular and extracurricular, we strive to stimulate thought and discussion about the narratives we tell about our patients, ourselves, and the systems we work in; the traditions we have inherited; the role we play in questions of justice; and what futures we imagine for ourselves as a profession.
We collaborate on many programs with faculty and students from Yale’s other schools and institutions including the School of Nursing, School of Art, British Art Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Yale College.
PMH Health Professions Creative Writing and Art Contest 2023
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The digital version of Murmurs (Volume 8, Summer 2023), the student-run creative journal of health professions students at Yale, is now available online.
- October 25, 2023
Dr. Anna Reisman shares the challenges surrounding her sister's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Deborah was intellectually disabled, nonverbal, and autistic.
- September 15, 2023Source: Newsweek
Opinion piece by Tyler Harvey, an MD/PhD (Public Health) student at the Yale School of Medicine.
- May 13, 2023
Mortality. Racism. Anxiety. Growth. Awe. Beauty. These were among the many themes explored in the annual Yale School of Medicine Program for Humanities in Medicine (PHM) Health Professions Students' Creative Medical Writing & Art Contest. For the first time in four years, the winners shared their entries at an in-person gathering, held on May 4.
- February 08, 2023Source: Yale Daily News
Resident physicians continued the legacy of narrative medicine at the 19th annual Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshop.
- January 25, 2023Source: CT Mirror
"I write this piece not to have every person who has ever lost someone to try to diagnose themselves with PTSD. I write this piece to call attention to the fact my generation is experiencing a collective trauma on a national (arguably, international) scale that has already had, and will continue to have, significant consequences for our psycho-social and emotional development."
- December 14, 2022
The medical humanities—which includes the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts—is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding medicine and health.
- November 01, 2022
Thomas Duffy, MD, professor emeritus of medicine (hematology) at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center, served as director of the Hematology Fellowship Program for Yale Cancer Center for over a decade.
- October 24, 2022
Four years ago, images of women were practically non-existent in the most widely used public spaces at Yale School of Medicine. Today, the school's wall reflect its community.
- June 21, 2022
Murmur's Spring 2022 Volume, In the Waiting, is published.