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Mission and Programs Overview

The Programs and Mission

The Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine consists of four major units: the Academic Programs, the Clendening Library, the Clendening Museum, and the KU Medical Center Archives. The Department unites these programs in its mission to advance understanding and application of ethical, historical and social analysis of health, medicine and healing.

Using the combined resources of the department we strive to teach students and colleagues how historical and social factors influence health and health care; and we inform our teaching through scholarship in the history and philosophy of medicine that merits national recognition.

The Library and Archives act as careful stewards of the extensive historical collections and promote their use and appreciation; while seeking to add some color to the often drab aesthetic of medical practice.

Finally, through our ethics programs we seek to deepen a moral appreciation of medicine's role in healing through ethics education and scholarship in the medical school and ethics consultation in the KU Hospital.

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Last modified: Oct 13, 2014
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Current Exhibit
"A Triumph of American Medicine: William Gorgas, Ancon Hospital and The Panama Canal"
Clendening History of Medicine Library Foyer, 1000 Robinson
 The exhibit is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Clendening Library foyer, 1st floor Robinson.
For more information, contact Nancy Hulston at 913-588-7243.
The exhibit is sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Medicine Department, KU Medical Center, and the University of Kansas Endowment Association.

October
10/20: King Fellow, Clendening Summer Fellow Presentations
Clendening Amphitheater, 12noon - 1:00pm
Lunch provided for the first 50
Andrea Sitek, King Fellow

"A Community Divided Over Mountaintop Removal"
Errin Mitchell, Clendening Summer Fellow

"Visualizing the Unique Perspectives of Adolescents with Cancer: A Photovoice Pilot Study"

10/22:
Clendening Summer Fellow Presentations
Clendening Amphitheater, 12noon - 1:00pm
Lunch provided for the first 50
Sarah Scrafford

"Quality of Life measurements at Bay Cliff Health Camp for children with physical disabilities." 
Margaret Wilkes

"Student Reflections on Empathy: Incorporating Student Voices into Medical Education"

10/24: Clendening Summer Fellow Presentations
Clendening Amphitheater, 12noon - 1:00pm
Lunch provided for the first 50
Joel Burnett

"Qualitative Study of Chronic Pain Patients Involved in Relieving Pain in Kansas City Initiative"
Erin Atwood

"Comparison of Early Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Kansas, Missouri and Lima, Peru."

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