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The Department of Humanities mission is to be the heart and soul, inspiration and conscience of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Health Science Center and College of Medicine. The oldest Humanities Department in a college of medicine, the faculty have a long history of introducing creative educational innovations in our colleges of medicine and nationwide. This is a vibrant community of scholars who hail from diverse intellectual backgrounds. You will find nurses, psychologists, internists, a hematologist, an oncologist, a pediatrician, psychologists, a historian, and an English Professor. You will also find poets, filmmakers, creative writers, memoirists, ethicists, philosophers, and dramatists. Our work is expressed in the classroom and through a variety of offerings to the larger institution and community. We welcome you to join us as we strive to improve the lives of patients and health care professionals.

We are engaged in a wide variety of innovative programs. Consider submitting to our literary magazine Wild Onions, or The International Journal of Healthcare and Humanities. Attend one of our First Friday Lectures or History of Medicine Lectures.

Learn more about our educational innovations such as the patient project, the video slam, or our overall curriculum for medical students. You might also be a resident planning on attending the Allenberry Residents Retreat.

Investigate some of our faculty’s projects such as the Reasonable Suspicion work or the Immunization project. Our faculty are also striving to improve end of life care.

Or perhaps you need to consult our ethics consultation service, or learn more about our talented faculty and staff.

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