Purpose: The UC Irvine School of Medicine Program in Medical Humanities and Arts (PMHA) is designed to integrate arts and humanities-based materials into medical education and to promote student research in the medical humanities.
The Program’s goal is to show medical students how humanities and the arts can help them develop both critical thinking and empathy to better understand their patients’ illness experiences, the doctor/medical team-patient/family relationships, physician self-care, and various other aspects of healthcare.
Kindness Curriculum: required component of Clinical Foundations 1
Ralph Clayman MD; Aaron Kheriaty MD; Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.
Course Description: The purpose of the kindness curriculum is to give students a space to think about the role of kindness in clinical interactions; and to show them different facets of kindness by examining the construct from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
The kindness curriculum consists of 8 required hours in the 1st year and 8 required hours in the 2nd year.
Program in Medical Humanities Graduation with Distinction and Awards 2012-2015
GRADUATION WITH DISTINCTION IN HUMANITIES/ARTS
2008 – Sheila Chan, Adam Kaplan, Sarah Mourra
2009 – Miriam Naqvi
2010 – Benjamin Howard, Neera Sodhi
2011 – Jennifer Aloo, Pouneh Nasseri, Charitha Reddy, Lauren Ross, Christina Umber
Nazin Sedehi, MS1 “Poetry and Surgery” Jun -Sept 2017
Christine Pham, MS1 “Medical Photography and Empathy” Jun-Sept 2017
Melinda Schneider, Rachel Sunico, MS1s “Functional gait changes in Cerebral Palsy with dance movement therapy” May-Sept 2017
Robert Hateley, MS1 “How Space Exploration Has Changed the Field of Medicine” Jul-Sept 2016
Ben Nguyen, MSIII “Medical Student Mask-Making”
Laura Mourafetis, MSIV “Procedure Guide: Selected Surgical Techniques from the 14th and 16th Centuries”
Neema Pithia, MSIV “The Vital Importance of Diversity Education within the Medical School Curriculum”