Medical Humanities

There is growing interest in and recognition of the role of ethics and the humanities in the education of health professionals. A number of medical schools, including those in Florida, are taking steps to integrate ethics and the humanities into medical education and related extracurricular activities. On the national level, the Project to Rebalance & Integrate Medical Education (PRIME) is moving forward with a number of accrediting bodies, and several Florida medical schools were represented at a PRIME conference in Louisville in May 2012.

In Florida, an extraordinary meeting of students and faculty in Tampa May 11-12, 2012, launched a statewide effort to promote and support increased attention to ethics and the humanities in the medical curriculum. The meeting was hosted by the University of South Florida’ Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) and Lois LaCivita Nixon, PhD, MLitt, MPH, MAT, of USF’s College of Medicine. Prof. Nixon led the successful meeting in conjunction with FBN Director Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., Director of the University of Miami Bioethics Program.

Amanda Holup of the University of South Florida and Aliye Runyan of the University of Miami were student coordinators.

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May 2012 Program Schedule (PDF Format)
Program Brochure (PDF Format)
PRIME Project