Interdisciplinary Approaches to Undergraduate Medical Humanities
Mr Daniel Martini, Dr Jason Prystowsky, Dr Jerome Hoffman, Milena Miller, Lupita Barragan, Dr Charles StolarZoom
The panel presents medical humanities at UC Santa Barbara. The focus will be on the interdisciplinary nature of the program and our efforts to strike a balance between calling attention to culturally specific ways to practice healthcare, honoring the beliefs of diverse patient groups, while staying rooted in the real-life context of western medicine. For example, our students are taught to understand the affective power of Ayurvedic medicine and shamanism without minimizing the frustration that doctors can feel when encountering these practices. We also emphasize the role played by the physician in becoming a trust builder between a community and the healthcare system. Our panel will also reflect openly on the development of syllabi that both respect what we know about medical effectiveness and what we need to acknowledge about practices that are far more important to certain patient groups. We are aiming for a candid discussion with audience participation (not everyone on the panel may agree) as we lay out the ideals that drive our program. Confirmed panelists: Dr Jason Prystowsky (course director), Dr Jerome Hoffman (clinical adjunct), Milena Miller (instructor), Daniel Martini (instructor), Lupita Barragan (student) and Dr Charles Stolar.