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Literature & Medicine

Literature & Medicine provides a rare opportunity for a cross section of health care professionals with diverse backgrounds to be seated around a table together. The common denominator is the reading material in their hands and the program that brings them together--Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care®.

This innovative program encourages participants to connect their professional lives with the broader scope of the human experience. That connection is facilitated with scholar-led discussions on a variety of literature. Participants report deeper empathy for patients and fellow staff, better communication skills, and increased job satisfaction. Oklahoma is now one of 26 states hosting this program.

Each program will include four to six sessions, held monthly at a health care facility. A scholar, with at least a MA in literature or another humanities-based field, will create a syllabus for the program readings and facilitate the discussion of the sessions. The readings will be based in fiction, non-fiction, plays, or poetry. Each syllabus will be tailored for each facility and may encompass particular areas of interest or concern.

Oklahoma Humanities has set a maximum of 25 participants. This number will be large enough to allow for a more varied discussion but small enough to allow all members to be able to voice their opinions. The program is open to all professionals in the hospital community (nurses, doctors, dietitians, clerical staff, administrators, etc.), and diversity in participants will be sought. Each participant should be encouraged to attend all sessions within the series.

Program sessions will be held in the evening and include a communal meal provided by the participants or the hospital. A hospital liaison will distribute the reading handouts, books, text, and the syllabus prior to each meeting. The scholar will facilitate each session by incorporating and centering all conversation on the readings for the session.

For more information on how your health care institution can participate, contact Kelly Burns, Program Officer, at (405) 235-0280 or at kelly@okhumanities.org.

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