The Medical Humanities Research Group
The Medical Humanities Research Group is supported by the UCSD Humanities Center and a private donor. Founded in 2012, the group brings together scholars in the humanities, UCSD physicians and medical students, and community health professionals and interested others. The group meets monthly to discuss classic literature dealing with medical themes, and contemporary fiction and non-fiction dealing with health and illness, death and dying, and related medical issues. In 2014-15, works of literature were paired with works of philosophical ethics on topics such as autonomy and justice. Some in the group now bring expanded knowledge of the humanities to their teaching in the School of Medicine, including offering an elective course on literature and medicine. Others bring a growing familiarity with medicine to the teaching of literature, philosophy, and the arts. The group's long-rage goal remains to establish a Medical Ethics and Humanities Program at UC San Diego and integrate ethics and humanities into undergraduate and graduate medical education.
Co-conveners are Mary Devereaux, PhD; Craig Agule, JD, MA; Madhu Singh, MD. Participants include faculty, graduate students, and affiliates of the Division of Arts & Humanities and the School of Medicine.
For more information, please contact Craig Agule.