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Organization profile

Organization profile

The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine is dedicated to advancing humanism in medicine and society.

Its mission is translational. Unlike humanities departments at liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities, which focus on the foundational role of the humanities in general education and the training of disciplinary undergraduate and graduate students, Humanities at the College of Medicine applies humanistic methods and knowledge to the education of medical students and residents and to research projects in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

The department is known for its innovative scholarship on graphic medicine, end-of-life care, child-abuse education, medical controversies in the public sphere, Alzheimer’s care, nursing and nurse relationships, institutional betrayal and medical student professional identity formation.

Its faculty have expertise in literary study, cultural theory, clinical and research ethics, psychology, anthropology, nursing, creative writing, law and women’s studies.

The faculty comprises 10 primary faculty members with more than 20 joint faculty members from clinical and basic science departments. Humanities is the institutional home for the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Research Consultation Service at the College of Medicine, as well as the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and Center Stage Arts in Health.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Medicine & Life Sciences
Advance Care Planning Medicine & Life Sciences
Physicians Medicine & Life Sciences
Medical Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Medical Education Medicine & Life Sciences
Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality of Life Medicine & Life Sciences

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James Ballard, MD

Person: Academic

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Michael Freeman, MD, MA

Person: Academic

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Daniel George, MSc, PhD

Person: Academic


Research Output 1972 2019

Acute Postoperative Pain Management After Major Limb Amputation in a Pediatric Patient: A Case Report

Grap, S., Fox, E., Freeman, M., Blackall, G. & Dalal, P., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing. 34, 4, p. 801-809 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phantom Limb
Acute Pain
Pain Management
Postoperative Pain

Adaptation and Preliminary Validation of the Advance Care Planning Engagement Survey for Surrogate Decision Makers

Van Scoy, L., Day, A. G., Howard, M., Sudore, R. & Heyland, D. K., May 1 2019, In : Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 57, 5, p. 980-988.e9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Reproducibility of Results
Statistical Factor Analysis
Chronic Disease
Surveys and Questionnaires

Advance Care Planning Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Schubart, J. R., Levi, B., Bain, M. M., Farace, E. & Green, M., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Oncology Practice. 15, 1, p. e65-e73

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Advance Directives
Decision Support Techniques

An Analysis of Recruitment Efficiency for an End-of-Life Advance Care Planning Randomized Controlled Trial

Stewart, R. R., Dimmock, A. E. F., Green, M., Van Scoy, L., Schubart, J. R., Yang, C., Farace, E., Bascom, R. & Levi, B., Jan 1 2019, In : American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 36, 1, p. 50-54 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advance Care Planning
Terminal Care
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research Personnel
Family Practice
Primary Health Care
Mental Health

Authors’ reply to goertzen and zelek regarding “the copprr study: Community preceptor perspectives about recruitment and retention”

Minor, S., Huffman, M., Lewis, P., Kost, A. & Prunuske, J., Nov 1 2019, In : Family medicine. 51, 10, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Barriers to compliance with emergency department discharge instructions: lessons learned from patients’ perspectives

Schenhals, E., Haidet, P. & Kass, L., Jan 24 2019, In : Internal and Emergency Medicine. 14, 1, p. 133-138 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hospital Emergency Service
Primary Health Care
Decision Making

Projects 1995 2021

abuse of children
physical disability
Advance Care Planning
Decision Making
Decision Support Techniques
Research Personnel
Advance Care Planning
Decision Support Techniques
Advance Directives
Genetic Testing
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasm Genes
Breast Neoplasms
Genetic Testing
Genetic Predisposition to Disease