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On Becoming a Humanities Curriculum: The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Jones, Therese PhD; Verghese, Abraham MD, MFA, DSc(Hon)

Special Theme Article: United States

The authors describe the development and implementation of a new longitudinal and integrated humanities curriculum in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Included are a history of ethics and humanities education in the medical school leading to the creation of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics in July 2002; an articulation of the Center’s basic principles; a curricular blueprint outlining the core objectives and methodologies, such as a narrative approach of this required, four-year humanities curriculum for undergraduate medical students; and an overview of course materials and activities.

Dr. Jones is associate director, and Dr. Verghese is director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Jones, Associate Director, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, MSC 7730, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900; telephone: (210) 567-0795; e-mail: 〈JonesT2@uthscsa.edu〉.

More information on the Center may be found at 〈www.texashumanities.org〉.

© 2003 Association of American Medical Colleges