Humanities Courses for Medical Students
Interview: Emily Beckman, DMH
School of Liberal Arts, School of Medicine
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
We've been discussing the physical heart. Now we to the metaphorical one.
Medical students at Indiana University are receiving a break from their classes in biochemistry and anatomy with a course that uses literature and film to develop their sense of empathy.
Professor Emily Beckman teaches the class. She joins Sound Medicine's Steve Bogdewic to discuss medical humanities -- an effort to incorporate art, literature, and other humanistic disciplines into medical training.
The idea is that exposing medical students and residents to these disciplines will help them become more observant, analytical, empathetic, communicative, and self-reflective.