Understanding the importance of the clinician-patient relationship
The bioethics and medical humanities minor provides students with a greater understanding of the art of medicine, the importance of the clinician-patient relationship, the spiritual and emotional dimensions of disease, and the human experience of illness.
The study of bioethics concerns the moral implications of biological and medical procedures, technologies, and treatments. It focuses on ways in which research is applied to clinical practice and public policy. Bioethics promotes dialogue between science, biotechnology, medicine, nursing, politics, law, philosophy and religion. By extension, bioethics now considers important questions related to the moral status of animals and the environment.
Medical humanities is about what matters most in medical practice–an awareness and appreciation for the “whole person” in medicine.
Combining bioethics studies with medical humanities–an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and their application to medical education and practice–provides an even broader perspective for students planning careers in medicine, healthcare policy, health law, psychology, public and/or global health, social work, patient advocacy, health journalism, bioethics, or healthcare management.
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