Support Programs in the Division of Medical Humanities

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David Oshinsky

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“The spirit of the humanities is the greatest single gift in education.” - William Osler, MD


The goal of NYU Langone’s Division of Medical Humanities is to broaden the education of physicians-in-training beyond the required medical curriculum and to provide them with a better understanding of the human condition, which ultimately improves patient care.  

By addressing key issues in healthcare through the prism of history, literature, philosophy, and the visual arts, medical students learn to develop a humanistic competence that will guide their careers. The study of the medical humanities has been shown to enhance critical and reflective thinking, observational skills, and understanding of the social and cultural aspects of health care.

To this end, we provide a variety of educational opportunities, including electives, seminars, special events, a weekly newsletter, online magazine, and the well-known Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (LitMed), a collection of literature, fine art, visual art, and performing art annotations. This dynamic, comprehensive resource has been a touchstone for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others interested in medical humanities for over 25 years. It receives over a million views per year and is provided free of charge to all users.

Your support is vital — help us keep humanity in healthcare through these innovative programs.  Thank you.


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This campaign supports: Medical Humanities Fund

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