2017 Honoree: Science, Medicine and the Arts Award

Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus is an intellectual space, cultural site and accessible resource for the campus, for colleagues and for the community. It is a place to exchange ideas, inspire collaboration, foster compassion, fuel imagination, and transcend boundaries. The Program encompasses three areas: education, scholarship and outreach. Education is focused on integration of the arts and humanities and their application to health professions education and practice. As examples, medical students participate in reflective writing session, narrative medicine and observational skills using the visual arts; pharmacy students may elect to take courses in film and healthcare; and physical therapy students take seminars in narrative medicine, literature, film and disability studies.

The Program is home to the Journal of Medical Humanities, the foremost peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of health humanities, sharing research on how the arts and humanities enhance critical thinking, observation and communication skills for health professionals. Scholarship has extended beyond published research to include organizing and hosting of an international conference in health humanities with attendees from across the US and eight countries.

Outreach to the community includes ongoing lectures series, film series, art exhibits, theatrical and musical performances, and presentations and workshops with visiting artists and writers. The Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion plays a central role on campus, bridging the cultural divide between science and art in order to explore who we are and how we care for one another. High quality and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Art Gallery have become a popular and integral part of student education, clinical practice, and the daily life of the community.