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March 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Department of Health and Social Services Library, Springer Hall
1901 N Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720
Department of Health and Social Services

Join us for our first Literature and Medicine session at the Department of Health and Social Services.  This first meeting will be about the program and will be a chance for those interested to register.  Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  You can also sign up early using the Tickets link on this page.  The cost for all six discussions is $35, which includes six 90 minute group discussion sessions with a trained facilitator, two books, a tote bag, and light snacks.  The sessions (from April through September) are on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 12 PM.

This Literature and Medicine series is open to the public as well as to department employees.

For more information, contact the Department of Health and Social Services or Delaware Humanities.

Program Description

The study of history, literature, and culture helps provide a broad context for the disciplines of science and medicine. Literature in particular opens us to new worlds and allows us to bear witness to the lives of others.  For medical caregivers working in an increasingly multicultural world, literature can also offer new ways of understanding and responding to patients and their families.
“I enjoyed the evening and am looking forward to more evenings of discussion. I see only positive ripples generating outward from here.” ~ Kathy
Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care™ is an award-winning program offered by Humanities Councils in 26 states around the country, including Delaware. Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare. Participants come from all branches of medical care, including nurses, physicians, support staff, administrators, clergy, social workers and therapists in hospitals, home health, hospice, and public health settings. Some programs also admit members of the general public.  In a study conducted at the US Veterans Administration, participants reported an 82% increase in empathy, a 61% improvement in job satisfaction, and a 59% rise in cultural awareness*.
“The readings were great and thought-provoking.  Seems like a good group of people able to dig into the texts.” ~ Tim
If you are a medical organization or professional interested in offering a Literature & Medicine program at your facility, please contact Ciera Fisher. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact us.  All of our sessions are open to the public. On March 21, 2018, the sessions at the Department of Health and Social Services in New Castle will begin.  You can register here for this program. In April 2018, sessions will begin again at Bayhealth in Dover.  If interested in this program, please contact Ciera Fisher. Previous titles include: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman What Doctors Feel by Danielle Orfi Writer, M.D. Edited by Leah Kaminsky The Not Dead and the Saved by Kate Clanchy How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley The Shift by Theresa Brown, RN Do No Harm by Henry Marsh When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Being Mortal by Atul Gawande *Program Evaluation, Literature & Medicine Program, Healthcare Facilities, United States Department of Veterans Affairs by Dr. Bruce B. Clary, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, 2011.