The Academy for Medicine and the Humanities, launched in 2012 as part of the Department of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine, serves the medical school by providing opportunities for didactic learning and independent scholarship in the medical arts and humanities. While we offer most activities within the Academy on an elective basis, we strongly encourage students to participate in the Academy at some point during their medical school experience.
What is Medical Humanities?
The term "medical humanities" refers to the application of the arts and humanities to medicine. Humanities is a diverse area of study devoted to understanding and depicting what it means to be human. We believe doctors have a duty to confront not only the illnesses our patients bring, but also their suffering. By incorporating art, music, writing, and philosophy into medical education, the Academy challenges our students to cultivate the empathy and reflective skills necessary for meaningful and therapeutic medical practice.
Some Academy programs, such as the Art of Listening, are mandatory for all students. You can participate more extensively, however, through elective course offerings at all levels of medical education, or by applying to the Medical Humanities track of the Scholars Program.