The UMMS Chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society is having a Celebration of Creativity writing contest highlighting examples of humanism in medicine, and all within the UMMS community are welcome to submit!
This year has been more than any of us has bargained for, and we have collectively experienced many highs and lows. Introducing 2020 Hindsight, a creative space developed by Bronwyn Wada-Gill (SOM '22) and Megan Hansen (SOM '22) to reflect on the year 2020. They are currently seeking submissions of photos, essays, poetry, recordings, or other media from personal experiences this year.
"It took the Pandemic to reveal the resilience and grit and engagement that was within us all along,” Dr. Michael Hirsh writes in the latest blog post from The Interstitium. But the real challenge will be maintaining this momentum, he explains. Dr. Hirsh provides keen insight in “What We Learned in the Pandemic” and challenges moving forward. Read the full post at https://theinterstitium.home.blog/2020/07/20/what-we-learned-in-the-pandemic/
This narrative medicine podcast explores how health providers and trainees think about their experiences in medicine. Not about how they make diagnoses, but how they relate to their patients and what makes them tick. Each episode interviews someone from UMass Medical School who has written a poem or essay to learn about them and their reflection. We hope this podcast inspires others to become more reflective practitioners as well. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Interstitium is a multimedia, online home for the University of Massachusetts Medical School community members to reflect on their experiences. The site was developed as a space for pausing and processing amidst the grind of long study days or buzz of a busy clinic, with the hope of supporting, nourishing, and connecting the UMMS community. Submit your insights, questions, experiences, and comments to TheInterstitiumUMassMed@gmail.com.
Thursday, May 16, 2019, Reception & Book Signing: 5:30 – 6:00 pm, Talk: 6:00 –7:00 Faculty Conference Room, UMMS
“The current distress experienced by physicians and other health professionals is, in part, a breakdown of the relationship between our inner lives – our sense of calling and meaning – and the environment in which we work.”
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, noon – 1:30, Blais Pavilion, Lazare Research Building
“Creative writing gives health professionals in training a special opportunity to reflect on their experiences, to maintain their humanity, and to heighten their empathy for the suffering of their patients. These are qualities that bring doctors closer to their patients…” - Dr. Richard Berlin
The Lamar Soutter Library is pleased to announce that our new collection of graphic medicine titles (pictured below) is now available! These titles provide an insightful glimpse into a rapidly emerging field that will prove valuable for not only medical students, but also practicing physicians and their patients and families. The collection can be found shelved in its own space near our existing History of Medicine collection.