What do People Have to Say About the Center?

Andee Wilson '06:

"Looking back at my experience with The Center for Literature and Medicine I realize how fortunate I was to be a part of such an innovative program.  Hiram College's unique approach allowed me to expand my scientific knowledge as well as explore social and interpersonal aspects of medicine that interested me. Standard science classes such as chemistry and biology gave me the knowledge I needed to be accepted into medical school, but it was classes such as "Death and Dying" and "Literature and Aging" that have given me passion to explore the field of geriatrics.  Hiram College has always been known for creating unique learning opportunities, and the Center for Literature and Medicine exemplifies this hallmark."

Erin Henry '06

"I just wanted to let you both know that when I went in for my advising appointment at Case, my advisor was very impressed with the shadowing experiences that I had.  She was very curious to see what had led me to follow people in so many different areas.  I explained that they were part of the major and were the best way for me to figure out which direction I specifically wanted to go in.  I think that her comments speak very highly for both Hiram and the BIMD program in general."

Jessica Edwards '05:

"I just finished up an accelerated BSN program at the University of Akron this summer. I will tell you that I feel as if I was more prepared than many other students in the program and I believe that it was my experiences at Hiram that contributed to that! Having such a strong background in science was a huge advantage, but it was also our Biomedical Humanities seminars that had stuck with me over the past couple years that helped me to better prepare for situations with patients and even my classes much better!"

Alison (Stanley) Ohana '04:

"Midway through Hiram I was debating between working in a lab, becoming a physician, or going into accounting.  Hiram's liberal arts curriculum had allowed me to have such varied opportunities that I found I have a variety of diverse interests.  The deciding factor was my biomedical humanities volunteer project with chronically ill children at Texas Children's Hospital.  When I was helping take care of those tiny children buried behind their IVs and breathing tubes, nothing else compared.  I knew I had to become a doctor, and I am a very happy second year pediatrics resident physician in Norfolk, Virginia."

Erin (Burt) McKinley '04:

"I really enjoyed my time at Hiram with the Biomedical Humanities program.  It has been highly apparent that the education I received from Hiram in general as well as the Biomedical Humanities program was much more well rounded than my peers.  This well roundness has really helped me excel in graduate school.  It nice to really be exposed to more classes than just the typical science courses."

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Center Goals:

  • To be the thought leader in medical humanities
  • To provide the next generation of healthcare professionals with an understanding of humanities issues
  • To provide humanities resources and information to healthcare educators
  • To raise the level of national discussion of issues in healthcare and biotechnology