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Medical Humanities, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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posted on 2022-07-07, 13:25 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
Medical Humanities introduces the first-year student of medicine to topics which explore questions of value and meaning in and around medicine. The Humanities Curriculum at Penn State College of Medicine integrates applied humanities learning across all four years of undergraduate medical education. Instructors use memoir, drama, fiction, and poetry in contexts where the material meets specific needs in learning, generally within a narrative medicine framework. For instance, there are elective courses in literature in the fourth year of study, and some limited literary sources are integrated throughout phase one (first 1.5 years). Previous curricula involved more direct literary learning, but current curricula makes greater use of visual arts. Humanities offerings are very robust, but are practice-oriented. Faculty tend to utilize those forms of literature that the students see as applicable to their professional goals. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

Middle Atlantic

University or College

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Medical Humanities

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

faculty member in college of medicine

Academic Year(s) Active

from the beginning of time

Course Enrolment

140 students

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