Medical Humanities Fellowship

Spring 2019 Medical Humanities Fellowship

What are the core values of medical practice, and have they changed over time? What is wellness in a holistic sense? How can a profession focused on health help us to deal with death? And how can art and storytelling impact the patient experience?

In Spring 2019, Collegium’s Medical Humanities Fellowship considered these questions and more in a series of luncheons throughout the spring semester, each led jointly by a clinician and a scholar of the humanities. By the end of the semester, Fellows formulated a personal philosophy of clinical practice reflecting an approach to medicine which is human-centered rather than problem-centered. 

I. Introduction to Medical Humanities: Wednesday,  January 23, 2019

Dr. Stacey Ake (Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Drexel University)  and Dr. Ralph Rosen (Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania)

II. Mental Illness, Wellness, and Spirituality: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dr. Athony Luberti (Medical Director of Informatics Education in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Philip Gehrman (Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania)

III. Prose, Art, and Aesthetics in Medicine: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dr. Lyndsay Hoy (Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care for Penn Medicine)

IV. The Patient-Physician Relationship: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dr. Jim Callahan (Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Isabel Perera (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania)

V. Healthy Dying: On Mortality, Disability, and Human Flourishing: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dr. Kristen Rock (Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania)

VI. Medical Morality: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dr. Annique Hogan (Pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Margaret Hogan (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Portland)

Spring 2018 Medical Humanities Luncheons

January 19th:  Integral Healing? To what extent should clinicians be concerned with both body and spirit?

presentation by: Dr. Brian Wojciechowski, President, Catholic Medical Association of Philadelphia

To read a transcript of our inaugural presentation, please Click Here.

February 28th: Caring at the End of Life, End of life care and Catholic thought.

presentation by: Dr. Kristen Carey-Rock, Assistant Professor in Anesthesia and Critical Care (UPenn) and Anesthesiologist and Intensivist (HUP)

April 18th: Physician Responsibility and Global Health

Dr. Tony Luberti (medical director of informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff (medical director of the Global Health Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) join Caritas and Collegium for a discussion on global health and the responsibilities of healthcare providers in relation to it.

April 20th: On Caring for Depression in our Patients and Ourselves: an Open Conversation about both Illness & Wellness

Guest Speakers: Dr. Phil Gehrman, (Penn Sleep Center) and Dr. Richard Summers (Co-Director of Residency Training and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UPenn)