Opening Medical Humanities to the World: Reflecting on Library Support for the Medical Humanities Lab
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UMass Chan AffiliationsLamar Soutter Library
Health Sciences and Medical Librarianship
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AbstractThis poster tells the story of how the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School has successfully collaborated with faculty leaders and medical students to launch the Medical Humanities Lab, which integrates the arts and humanities into medical education and healthcare through student, faculty, and staff collaborations fostering humanism in medicine. The Library has provided leadership, technology expertise, space for in-person meetings, logistical support for virtual meetings during the pandemic, and promotional assistance. In just over a year, the Lab has sponsored a dozen projects, including a storytelling event, a creative writing and photography journal, a blog, two podcasts, and a creative writing website. The projects, many of which are openly accessible, address important themes including health inequality and the impact of incarceration on medical care. This poster showcases this partnership; highlights projects, challenges, and facilitators of success; and features a survey and a multimedia sample from our projects.
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