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About the Humanities in Medicine Initiative

Vision Statement

Founded in 2002, the Humanities in Medicine Collection at the University of Massachusetts Medical School was created as a resource of books and movies for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors. The collection has been developed by a committee representing members of the UMass community who are committed to promoting greater awareness of the value of the humanities in health care, medical education, and biomedical research.

Faculty and staff from a range of disciplines work together with students to forge stronger connections among the sciences, humanities, and the lived world of the clinical encounter.

Collection Development Policy

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Humanities in Medicine Collection Committee


David Hatem, MD
UMass Medical School

Peter Schneider, MD
Worcester District Medical Society

H. Brownell Wheeler, MD
Founding Chair


Gary Blanchard, MD
Joyce Cariglia,
Worcester District Medical Society
Marjorie Clay, PhD
John Cooke, PhD
Harvey Fenigsohn, MA, MAT
Emily Ferrara, MA
Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD
Michael Hirsh, MD
Olivia Liff,
Medical School Class of 2013
Elaine Martin, DA
Ellen More, PhD
Terri Reed, PhD
Anna Shifrin,
Medical School Class of 2011
Hugh Silk, MD
John Trobaugh, MFA