Physicians pursuing the humanities: Benefits and barriers

Howard Brody, Julia E. Connelly, Henry S. Perkins, Gail J. Povar

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Abstract

We surveyed selected physician members of the Society for Health and Human Values (SHHV) to study the benefits and problems of combining a medical career with a strong scholarly interest in the humanities. The 19 usable narrative responses characterized major benefits as experiential base and teaching opportunities. Barriers were numerous and fell under the general headings of: lack of time; lack of institutional rewards; lack of money for research and scholarship; lack of support from humanities peers; lack of suport from medical colleagues; personal financial sacrifice; and lack of training. Some respondents offered creative solutions to these problems, including assertive negotiation of a job description, identification of helpful mentors, and various networking and administrative strategies. The survey results, while preliminary, suggest ways in which SHHV can assist clinicians who wish to develop a serious commitment to humanities study and teaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Medical Humanities
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Brody, H., Connelly, J. E., Perkins, H. S., & Povar, G. J. (1994). Physicians pursuing the humanities: Benefits and barriers. The Journal of Medical Humanities, 15(3), 163-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02297793

Physicians pursuing the humanities : Benefits and barriers. / Brody, Howard; Connelly, Julia E.; Perkins, Henry S.; Povar, Gail J.

In: The Journal of Medical Humanities, Vol. 15, No. 3, 09.1994, p. 163-169.

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Brody, H, Connelly, JE, Perkins, HS & Povar, GJ 1994, 'Physicians pursuing the humanities: Benefits and barriers', The Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 163-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02297793
Brody, Howard ; Connelly, Julia E. ; Perkins, Henry S. ; Povar, Gail J. / Physicians pursuing the humanities : Benefits and barriers. In: The Journal of Medical Humanities. 1994 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 163-169.
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