Integrating Health Humanities, Social Science, and Clinical Care
A Guide to Self-Discovery, Compassion, and Well-being
The health humanities are widely understood as a way to cultivate perspective, compassion, empathy, professional identity, and self-reflection among health professional students. This innovative book links humanities themes, social science domains, and clinical practice to invite self-discovery and recognition of universal human experiences.
Integrating Health Humanities, Social Science, and Clinical Care introduces critical topics that rarely receive sufficient attention in health professions education, such as cultivating resilience, witnessing suffering, overcoming unconscious bias, working with uncertainty, understanding professional and personal roles, and recognizing interdependence. The chapters encourage active engagement with a range of literary and artistic artefacts and guide the reader to question and explore the clinical skills that might be necessary to navigate clinical scenarios.
Accompanied by a range of pedagogical features including writing activities, discussion prompts, and tips for leading a health humanities seminar, this unique and accessible text is suitable for those studying the health professions, on both clinical and pre-clinical pathways.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Health Humanities
Chapter 2 Patient as Storyteller: Determinants of Health
Chapter 3 Unconscious Bias
Chapter 4 Bearing Witness to Suffering
Chapter 5 Resilience and Burnout
Chapter 6 Recognizing Our Interdependence
Chapter 7 The Influence of Time on Meaning
Chapter 8 Uncertainty and Decision Making
Chapter 9 Professional Identity: Perspectives, Roles, Values, and Attributes
Appendix A General Guidelines for Leading a Health Humanities Seminar
Appendix B Discussion Prompts
Anna-leila Williams is Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.