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Dec 10, 2015

The Boston Globe reports that Harvard Medical School, amongst other top quality medical schools across the county, is launching initiatives aimed at using “drama, dance, and literature to help medical students become empathetic and reflective doctors.” Other medical programs are taking similar steps: Yale School of medicine requires students to examine paintings in order to improve observation; at Columbia, incoming medical students complete a narrative medicine course; and at Penn State College of medicine students can take a comics and medicine course.

“There is, on a national level, increasing support for this kind of activity,” said Dr. John Prescott, chief academic officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

According to the Boston Globe, “despite the competing pressures—standardizing care, technologizing care, quickening care, streamlining care, fragmenting care, sub-specializing care—the medical humanities movement is gaining more institutional support from medical schools.”

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