Category Archives: Humanism

“Hippocrates vs. Star Trek”

Today on KevinMD, Dr. Richard Levin, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, reflects on white coats and the past and future of medicine. The rumors of the doctors’ demise are premature. In this country, there have never been … Continue reading

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Treating the patient, not the disease

We frequently hear this phrase, and here’s the thought in action. When homeless former inventor Mike Williams came under Dr. Jong Chen’s care, Chen helped him regroup both medically and socially. All of that got started with an unusually generous … Continue reading

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New Girl, New Diagnosis (spoiler alert)

Medical uncertainty has once again appeared as the subject of a half hour comedy (does this count as dramedy now?). In a recent episode of New Girl, roommate Nick Miller deals with the anxiety of waiting for an ultrasound after … Continue reading

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Success!

Wow. Thanks to everyone who made the Inaugural Humanism Day Conference an absolute blast. Check back later on for pictures and updates. And to all our new readers – welcome!

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Inaugural Humanism Day Conference – Last chance to register!

It’s the last call to register for the Inaugural NJMS Humanism Day Conference, on Wednesday, March 14 in Newark, NJ. Please join us for a day of free workshops and presentations, featuring keynote speaker Mark Nepo. We hope to see you … Continue reading

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Picasso’s glimpse into humanistic medicine

This past summer as I backpacked through Europe, I stumbled into the Museu Picasso, nestled in the tortuous La Ribera section of Barcelona, Spain. The museum, which feels more like a medieval Spanish villa, was supported by the late artist, … Continue reading

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Lessons in professionalism, brought to you by Modern Family (spoiler alert)

This week’s return of Modern Family on ABC (“Lifetime Supply”) has a striking lesson about medicine amid its comic subplots. Phil Dunphy, father of the family, reports to his doctor for a check-up where pain is found under his arm. … Continue reading

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Back to the future

We frequently hear humanism in medicine discussed as though it’s a new trend in medical education. Yet back in 1986 (before many of today’s medical students were even born – yes, really) an “Education Watch” from the Times called attention … Continue reading

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You heard it here first!

We’re thrilled to announce the first annual student-run Humanism Conference, hosted by the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Newark, NJ for a day featuring … Continue reading

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Heard on the floors #2 OB-GYN edition

OB-GYN is typically divided into 3 parts- the obstetrics floors, where babies are delivered, the gynecology service, which deals with various gynecological surgeries, and the outpatient clinic, which does everything from pap smears to postpartum care. When people hear OB-GYN, … Continue reading

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