A call to include medical humanities in the curriculum of colleges of osteopathic medicine and in applicant selection

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Oct;114(10):798-804. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.154.


Medicine stands at a crossroad. Disruptive physician behavior has increased, and patient satisfaction has decreased. A growing body of knowledge demonstrates that the medical humanities assist in the creation of compassionate, resilient physicians. Incorporating medical humanities into the medical school curriculum promotes the development of compassionate, culturally sensitive physicians, and also encourages the development of resilience in health care professionals at a time when internal and external pressures on physicians are increasing.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Humanities*
  • Humans
  • Osteopathic Medicine / education*
  • Professionalism*
  • School Admission Criteria*
  • United States