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University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL 60607-3320)
Sandra Sufian (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

The Human Story of Illness: Health Humanities Portraits for Physicians in Training

The creation of health humanities portraits as case studies for use in the curriculum of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

The Human Story of Illness: Health Humanities Portraits for Physicians in Training will establish a series of workshops over two years in which a core group of UI-COM faculty will develop “health humanities portraits” for the medical student curriculum. This process has three steps: 1) Using their distinct disciplinary lenses, invited humanities experts will develop portraits and refine them with our faculty during on-site workshops. Each portrait will consist of a first-person patient story and humanities scholarship that illuminates the story’s social, cultural, ethical and affective themes; 2) With the experts’ guidance, our faculty core will then develop additional portraits using the same process; 3) Project personnel will create an online repository of these portraits that will be utilized by the medical school and shared with other institutions. Our project will enrich medical training by creating rigorous portraits that reveal the full texture of people’s illness experiences.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$100,873 (approved)
$100,873 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020