Center for Humanities in Medicine
The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.
The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors.
About Humanities at Mayo Clinic
The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Music, visual art, dance, theatre, creative writing, lectures and other educational programs all contribute to the healing environment and uniquely touch each of Mayo’s three shields: Patient Care, Education, and Research.
Humanities in Medicine is a champion and ideal collaborator for Mayo Clinic initiatives such as the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, emphasis on innovation, encouragement of continued professional development, and most significantly, belief in caring for the whole patient.
Humanities in Medicine programs are made possible by the generous support of Mayo Clinic patients and friends.
Humanities in Medicine focuses on four main objectives.
1.Caring for Patients and Visitors: alleviate stresses of illness through restorative activities in a healing environment, improve objective measures of health care quality and outcomes, improve patient and visitor satisfaction
2.Caring for Caregivers: enrich workplace experience, strengthen employee resilience, enhance problem-solving skills, foster innovation and reduce burnout
3.Educating Staff and Learners: contribute to creativity and resourcefulness of learners of all levels, improve communication and observation skills, make learning process more enjoyable
4.Research: Continue building the scientific basis for humanities in health care through innovation, assessment, publication and presentation
Paul D. Scanlon, M.D., Chair, Humanities in Medicine Committee
Debbie M. Eagle, Administrator
Johanna S. Rian, Ph.D., Program Director-Rochester, Minnesota
Kit C. Kough, Program Director-Arizona
Chrys M. Yates, Program Director-Florida
Sarah Mensink, Education Administration Coordinator