The College of Medicine began its Humanism in Medicine Initiative to focus on ways to create a more humanistic environment in which to care for patients, educate students and residents, and pursue research. Their signature program is Medicine and the Arts, designed to help create a collaborative medical community through the healing presence of the arts. Under the Humanism in Medicine banner are the following programs: Medicine and the Arts Board, Medicine and the Arts Roundtable, and Humanism in Medicine. Dr. Michelle Harcha and Dr. Kate Hayes-Ozello from the College of Veterinary Medicine have participated on the Medicine and the Arts RoundTable. The purpose of the Roundtable is to foster collaboration among those engaged in integrating the arts into the continuum of care for patients, families, colleagues, and all members of the health care team. Dr. Harcha also serves on the Medicine and the Arts Board. The Medicine and the Arts Board provides support and programs throughout the year, such as the Art Show, the Arts Fair, Hospital Poets, Children’s Theater events, concerts, and additional arts events that are all free to health sciences students, faculty, and staff.
One of the most active parts of the Humanism in Medicine initiative is the student section. It was created by medical students to help build a support system for emerging physicians as well as to offer multiple avenues to nurture the arts in medicine. Medical students invited all health science students to participate in the following programs: Theatre and Film Arts, Visual Arts, Writer’s Group, Dance in Medicine, Professional School Orchestra, Ultrasound A Capella, and Photography. Veterinary Medicine students actively participate in the orchestra and dance programs. The College of Veterinary Medicine has its own choir composed of faculty, staff, and students called the HoofBeats.
For more information, go to: u.osu.edu/humanisminmedicine/