CFP: Med Humanities Consortium (Drew U)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Medical Humanities Consortium, Eleventh Annual Meeting, May 22-23, 2013, Medical Humanities in Clinical Practice

Sponsored by: T h e CASPERSEN SCHOOL o f G r a d u a t e S t u d i e s DREW

Deadline: February 8, 2013

The Eleventh Annual Medical Humanities Consortium (MHC) meeting will be held at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ, 07940, on Wednesday evening May 22 through Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2013. To explore this year’s theme, Medical Humanities in Clinical Practice, we are seeking abstracts of papers as well as proposals for panels, posters, workshops, readings, and performances that examine topics relevant to medicine and healthcare. We will give preference to abstracts that contemplate how medical humanities currently contributes to and enhances clinical practice, as well as those that explore the potential roles of medical humanities in the future. The approach should represent the orientation of at least one of the medical humanities (e.g. history, literature, art, bioethics, philosophy, religious studies/spirituality, sociology, psychology, and anthropology). All presenters must be registered conference participants. We particularly welcome submissions from students at all levels and from all relevant disciplines. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes and prompt discussion. Panels and performances may span 60-75 minutes.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: ● Implementing medical humanities into undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and beyond● Representations of health and illness in literature, art, photography, film, music, dance, or mass media ● Various perspectives of medical humanities- patients, trainees, practitioners, healthcare team members, the public, etc. ● Evolving relationships between members of the healthcare team ● Shifting paradigms in the provision of primary care ● “Disability” and disabilities studies in historical context ● Gender issues in medicine and healthcare ● Evolving perceptions of aging and death ● The implications of healthcare reform on access to care

Target Audience: Proposals should be of interest to a general audience (e.g. healthcare professionals, humanities scholars, hospital chaplains, laypersons, students), and serve as a departure point for lively discussion.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • 1. Identify ways of implementing medical humanities into undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and beyond
  • 2. Contemplate ways medical humanities currently contributes to and enhances clinical practice
  • 3. Explore potential roles that medical humanities may play in clinical practice in the future
  • 4. Explore different perspectives of the implications of medical humanities, including viewpoints of patients, trainees, practitioners, healthcare team members, and the public

We are applying for Continuing Medical Education Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, and Social Work Continuing Education Hours.

Conflict of Interest Policy: All presenters are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content. We welcome interdisciplinary work as well as that of single disciplines. To submit a proposal, complete the form on the next page and e-mail it along with your presentation abstract/proposal (one page) as an attachment in WORD, or as a PDF file by February 8, 2013 to Phyllis DeJesse at  with the subject line ‘MHC 2013 Proposal.’

Additional information regarding the meeting will be forthcoming. For general inquiries about submissions or the meeting itself, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Phyllis DeJesse at

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The Medical Humanities Consortium (MHC) is a diverse group of health practitioners, humanists, scholars, scientists, writers, and students who gather annually to discuss research and teaching in the medical humanities.