PROGRAM: Literature & Medicine

Presented by:
North Carolina
National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Hospitals Subject: Other, Professional Development Audience: Medical

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for healthcare professionals.

Imagine doctors, nurses, receptionists, trustees, administrators, lab techs, PAs, with books in hand, sitting in a hospital conference room, talking about what they have read and reflecting together on what it means to them — as people, and as professionals engaged in the enterprise of health care. More than 2,000 health care professionals working in hospitals in 25 states have done just this since the program began in 1997, with more participating every year.

This program was created by the Maine Humanities Council and is a hospital-based, scholar-led reading and discussion program that encourages participants to connect the worlds of science and lived experience, giving them the opportunity to reflect on their professional roles and relationships through plays, short stories, poetry, fiction, and personal narratives.