Abstract

In 2021 the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine piloted a new Humanities curriculum for entering medical students. The new curriculum permeates the pre-clerkship phase of medical education and focuses on social justice and humanities concepts and skills. This paper outlines the iterative, collaborative curricular development process and describes three new courses and one redesigned course. Coursework includes foundational concepts and frameworks, skill-building in visual thinking and interpretation, the reflexive development of humanistic practice, and a robust conceptual framework for clinical communication. Reflections on the outcomes of the new curriculum include the productive role of theory in course development, challenges associated with deep discussion of difficult topics, and complexities associated with variable learner preparation in the humanities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-82
JournalStudi di Sociologia
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

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