Medical Humanities students at Baylor go beyond scientific mastery to better understand the human experience of patients and practitioners.
Students explore person-centered care at the intersection of science and the humanities.
Baylor University announced a $2 million gift from Scott and Susan Orr of The Woodlands, Texas, establishing the Scott & Susan Orr Family Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities & Christian Faith to support teaching, mentorship and innovative research in the Medical Humanities Program within the College of Arts & Sciences. This endowed chair brings the total number of new endowed chair and faculty positions funded by the Give Light campaign to 45.
Gil Ruiz, a distinguished alumnus of Baylor's Medical Humanities Program, is making waves in the realm of government and policy. Gil's journey from Baylor's Medical Humanities Program to Capitol Hill is a testament to the program's transformative impact.
"Medical Humanities taught me to communicate complex ideas with empathy. In government, this skill is paramount to drive policies that genuinely impact lives."
"A great deal of health is beyond what I can explain objectively. My foundation in the medical humanities plays a huge role in helping me understand the subjectivity within my patients' experiences of their medical condition."
"Medical Humanities courses helped me consider all aspects of the patient's care, whether from the perspective of society, the healthcare provider, the caregiver, or the patient."
"A lot of people go into college thinking they have to major in one of the traditional sciences to be a good candidate for professional school. However, my background in Medical Humanities helped me learn the vital art and skills of caring for humans - and that is invaluable training for anyone in health care whether they plan to be in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, etc."
"Since before I came to Baylor, health care administration has always been my passion. It's the glue that holds the whole health care enterprise together and medical humanities helps me make sure I keep patients where they belong-at the center!"
Medical Humanities "Gave me a space to think about death and understand how that is going to affect me when patients die. Death is not the enemy of medicine."