Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Medical Humanities



The Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary group drawn from the healthcare specialties and the humanities. Its application of humanities (history, literature, philosophy, visual arts, music, theatre, studies in culture, religion, disabilities and gender) and bioethics (philosophy, law and clinical ethics) to the practice of medicine and the care of patients is a part of the University of Rochester's traditional consideration of the social and ethical contexts of medicine.

“The spirit of Humanities is the greatest single gift in education.”

William Osler,The Old Humanities and the New Science, 1919.

Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 676, Room G-11137
Rochester, New York 14642

Phone: (585) 275-5800
Fax: (585) 276-0152
Email: mary_fisher@urmc.rochester.edu


Image credit: Gerrit Dou, The Dropsical Woman (detail), c. 1663, Oil on panel, Musee du Louvre, Paris

Medical Humanities and Bioethics Noon Conferences

End of Life Decision-Making for Pediatric Patients with Developmental / Intellectual Disabilities

Presented by Marianne Chiafery, PNP-C, MS, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014,
12-1 pm

Room K-207 (2-6408)


Piss-Prophets, Percussion and More: A Medical History of Technologies to Examine the Patient

Presented by Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Friday, Nov 14, 2014,
12-1 pm

Room K-207 (2-6408)