The Informal “Track” in Medical Humanities/Arts
goal of the Program in Medical Humanities & Arts is to increase empathy and
compassionate understanding among medical students and residents towards
patients, colleagues, and self through the development of self-reflective
processes and skills of interpersonal observation and interpretation.
and AWARDS. Students
who complete several components of the informal medical humanities/arts track
described below are eligible to be considered for:
with distinction in humanities/arts, a designation for students who
have participated in a range of humanities/arts-based activities and
produced a significant body of original artistic work related to medicine
over the course of their medical school studies
- The UC
Irvine School of Medicine Arts and Humanities Award,
recognizing a student who has excelled in humanities/arts during medical
“TRACK” in MEDICAL HUMANITIES/ARTS. For students interested in using the
humanities and arts to understand more about their medical school experience,
the patient’s experience of illness, and the doctor-patient relationship, the
following specific options are available:
clinical correlate in humanities: Anatomy
session in which family members share stories of donors and their decision
to donate; while students share reactions to dissection.
and medicine elective (“Doctors’ Stories/ Patients’ Stories”)
(transcript notation elective): a 10 session class that looks at various
psychosocial topics in medicine through the poetry and prose of doctors
- Arts and
medicine elective (“Examine the Painting/Examine the Patient”) (transcript notation elective): a 10 session
class that deepens visual thinking through an examination of classic
Doc/Bad Doc” theatrical performance: Part
of Introduction to Geriatric Medicine session
Senior Partner Program creative projects option: creative projects to examine lessons learned
about aging as a result of participating in SSPP.
writing elective (transcript notation elective): A more
intensive, small group elective for students who wish to continue to
explore their medical school experience through reflective writing,
complemented by more in-depth study of first person physician and patient
clerkship creative project: A creative project completed
during the Pediatric clerkship using any artistic medium that examines
student/patient/family issues that occur on pediatrics.
medicine clerkship: Telling stories about patients session.
Medicine clerkship: Medical readers’ theater experience; difficult
patient-doctor interaction reflection session
your participation in these activities to be considered toward a graduation
with distinction designation, you must write 250 words for each activity
that addresses the following question: How did this experience affect who
you are and who you are becoming as a doctor?
Research elective (2-4 week credit): Students interested in
more in-depth exposure to medical humanities may undertake a
humanities/arts-based research project in which they investigate a
particular topic in medicine from a humanities/arts perspective; and
produce a final report.
- Art of
Doctoring elective (2 week credit): This elective focuses on
helping students sustain and deepen attitudes of compassion and empathy
toward patients, colleagues, and self. The elective includes a
reflective writing requirement, as well as a creative project option.
the UC Irvine-SOM journal of arts & humanities.
Students may serve on the editorial board of the journal, and as
editor-in-chief in Year 2.
MEDleys, an a cappella singing
group that performs at UCI-SOM functions and for various community
Attendance at special humanities/arts-related
events, such as museum visits, theatrical or musical performances, art
exhibits, and lecture series.