Medical EducationCOMMENTARY

A Call to Include Medical Humanities in the Curriculum of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and in Applicant Selection

Gary Hoff, DO; Norma J. Hirsch, MD; J. Jeffrey Means, MS, MD, PhD; and Lisa Streyffeler, PhD
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: January 22, 2014

Accepted: March 10, 2014

Published: October 1, 2014

J Osteopath Med; 114(10): 798-804

Medicine stands at a crossroad. Disruptive physician behavior has increased, and patient satisfaction has decreased. A growing body of knowledge demonstrates that the medical humanities assist in the creation of compassionate, resilient physicians. Incorporating medical humanities into the medical school curriculum promotes the development of compassionate, culturally sensitive physicians, and also encourages the development of resilience in health care professionals at a time when internal and external pressures on physicians are increasing.

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