The Disability History Museum hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.
The Division of Narrative Medicine fortifies clinical practice by training practitioners to recognize, interpret, and glean insights relevant to patient care and clinician performance from the study of humanities, the arts, and creative work. Narrative Medicine helps physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, academics, and everyone interested in person-centered, respectful health care to deepen their self-awareness, clinical attunement, collaborative skills, and creative capacities through rigorous narrative training and practices. Our mission: to conceptualize, evaluate, and propagate these ideas and practices nationally and internationally.
Graphic Medicine is a site that explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. We are a community of academics, health carers, authors, artists, and fans of comics and medicine. The site is maintained by an editorial team under the direction of the Graphic Medicine International Collective.
The Health Humanities Consortium promotes health humanities scholarship, education, and practices through interdisciplinary methods and theories that focus on the intersection of the arts and humanities, health, illness, and healthcare.
The John J. Reilly Center at the University of Notre Dame offers graduate and undergraduate programs and fosters scholarly conversation at the intersections between the humanities and social sciences, and the sciences and medicine.
The Literature and Medicine series focuses on the human context of illness and health through multiple genres; from poems, short stories, and drama to critical essays, memoirs, and historical accounts. Titles in the series are designed to provide students, educators, and health care professionals with key texts and strategies for humanities-based inquiry. We are particularly interested in multi-authored anthologies that present the diverse experiences of illness and healing, death and dying, and the normal and the pathological for use in classrooms and other educational settings.
On March 29, 2021, the Department of English was delighted to welcome back two English B.A. alumni who went on to become medical doctors: Dr. John Vaughn (Director of Student Health Services and Associate Professor of Community & Family Medicine at Duke University) and Dr. Vidhya Prakash (Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Southern Illinois (SIU) School of Medicine). They discussed their career paths, including how the English degree prepared them for and influenced their careers in medicine. Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Director of Medical Humanities, James Phelan, joined our panelists to discuss the interdisciplinary aims and outcomes of medical humanities work.
Medthics is an online, photographic novel series that tells the tale of growth for a young health professional. The series coincides with the progression of its author from medical school training into the early moments as a physician. The world of Medthics is fictional. In the tradition of narrative medicine, Medthics has become a commentary on a number of issues relevant to medicine. The characters of Medthics are the anchor points in depicting these important themes. Their roles, however much like the rest of medicine, begin to blur over the course of the stories. In many instances, the stories of Medthics serve as a serious cautionary tale about what transpires internally when we enter the delicate world of healthcare.
The PAIN Exhibit is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.
Shame and Medicine is an interdisciplinary research project that is based at the University of Exeter and the University of Birmingham, with a collaboration with a clinical partner at Children’s Health, Ireland, in Dublin.
First implemented in 2014, the goal of Tell Me More® (TMM) is simple: to allow patients, caregivers, and hospital staff to connect with each other on a more human level. It was originally designed by medical students to strengthen the critical bond that exists between people who are patients and the individuals who care for them. Tell Me More® allows patients and caregivers to get to know each other beyond their diagnoses and job descriptions.