Message from the Director
How do we understand health, illness, and healing? What is the relationship between suffering, personhood, care, and our responsibilities to each other? How do we examine medical practice and its intersection with science and technology? What part do art and aesthetic expression, creativity and the imagination, play in these conversations? How do we express the body?
The biomedical sciences answer these questions incompletely. Medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field that re-centers health in its broader social, cultural, and historical context. Bridging the clinic and the archive, it uses the tools of the humanities and social sciences to explore, analyze, and critique the contexts of illness and health. These approaches play a frontline role in contextualizing healthcare, shaping health policy and communication, resource allocation, dismantling racism and health disparities, caring for vulnerable communities, understanding the experience of illness and suffering, providing comfort, interpreting and making meaning from crisis, engaging with uncertainty, and envisioning alternatives.Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan
The Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative is a University-wide collaboration between Georgetown College (new window), the Georgetown Humanities Initiative (new window), and Georgetown University Medical Center (new window) with the goal of promoting learning, development, and discovery at the intersection of the humanities, health, and healing.
Shaping the future of health, society, and our shared humanity
The Georgetown Medical Humanities Initiative is supported by a Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education Grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges and National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Humanities Connections Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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