Kienle Symposium — Medical Humanities: Clinical & Pedagogical Perspectives

Kienle Symposium — Medical Humanities: Clinical & Pedagogical Perspectives

May 25–30, 2014

Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA (Home of the first humanities department in a U.S. medical school)

The purpose of this Symposium is to provide a practical experience and pedagogical strategies for teaching in the field of medical humanities. Participants will have the opportunity to observe or participate in important aspects of medical education and clinical practice in an academic medical center in order to create and/or enhance medical humanities curricula in their home institutions.

We hope to attract teachers and scholars from various humanities disciplines (broadly defined, including visual and performing arts and social sciences) and from medical schools who teach—or who would like to teach—courses in the medical humanities to undergraduate or medical students. The Symposium is limited to 30 participants in order to provide ample opportunity for collegial interaction and community-building.

Registration fee: $400 includes a formal opening reception on Sunday evening, a closing dinner the following Friday, catered lunches each day, and coffee-break refreshments.

Through the generosity of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, we are pleased to award three scholarships to cover registration fee and lodging. Initial selections will be based on the application essay.

To Apply: Please send a statement of no more than three typed, double-spaced pages in Microsoft WORD (.doc or .docx), responding to the following questions::

• What are your professional and personal interests in the medical humanities?

• Why is this work important to you?

• How will it enrich your teaching and the curriculum of your institution?

• What distinctive perspectives will you bring to enhance our collective work?

Submit by email: Visit our website: to complete and download an application. Save as a pdf, attach to an email along with your essay and email to:


Lodging: Lodging will be provided on campus for $42 per person per night ($252 for six nights), based on four-person occupancy in apartments with private bedrooms and a common bathroom. For participants who prefer to stay off-campus, a limited number of rooms is reserved at each of the hotels listed below until Friday, April 25 (30 days prior to the beginning of the Symposium). Please contact the hotel directly and ask for the Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities Conference.

Country Inn & Suites: 195 Hershey Rd., Hummelstown, PA 17036 (717) 566-3369 $79.00 per night, plus state/local taxes for deluxe standard room. (5 miles from the Medical Center)

Fairfield Inn & Suites: 651 W Areba Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 (717) 520-5240 $89.00 per night, plus state/local taxes for deluxe standard room. (1.5 miles from the Medical Center)

Spring Hill Suites: 115 Museum Dr. Hershey, PA 17033 (717) 583-2222 $129.00 per night, plus state/local taxes. (5 miles from the Medical Center)

The Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine is closely allied with the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine. Its programs are sustained through a generous endowment from Lawrence F. Kienle, M.D. and the late Jane Witmer Kienle, M.D.. Their vision was to find ways to encourage medical care that is both compassionate and competent, and that emphasizes the patient’s individual needs. The Center’s ongoing mission is to support projects that will ultimately render the delivery of health care more humane, both locally and nationally.

For more information contact: The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at:

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