AMSA's 2015 Annual Convention
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February 26 - March 1, 2015 

Medical Humanities Interest Group

Medical Humanities [med-i-kuh l hyoo-man-i-tees] (noun):
an interdisciplinary field consisting of the humanities, social sciences and the arts as applying to the field of health, disease and healing.

Opportunities in the Medical Humanities



Fine Arts




Writing Contests


  • A Few Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories by John Murray
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Another day in the frontal lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts [Nonfiction, history of the beginnings of AIDS].
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
  • Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon by Michael J Collins.
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  • County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital by David Ansell [Underserved Medicine].
  • Cutting for Stone by Atul Gawande [Fiction, Ethiopian journey into medicine]
  • Free To Love Free To Heal: Heal Your Body by Healing Your Emotions by Dr. Simon [Mind-body medicine]
  • Gray Matter A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a Time by David Levy. [Christian. Neurosurgery]
  • Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work by David Hilfiker [Challenges of family practice]
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder [Haiti]
  • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Varghese
  • Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti by Catherine Maternowska [Medical anthropology, family planning, Haiti]
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  • The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck
  • People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck
  • Perfect Health by Dr. Chopra [Mind-body medicine]
  • Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER by Paul Austin.
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman [Nonfiction, US health care, cultural barriers]
  • Terminal Man by Michael Crichton [Fiction, Medical Ethics].
  • The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
  • The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing by Mimi Guarneri
  • The House of God by Samuel Shem
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot [Research Ethics, HeLa cancer cell line]
  • This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes by Marilyn Berger
  • The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World by Dora Wang.
  • The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel by Irvin Yalom. [Psychiatry. Group therapy.]
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer [Nonfiction, Global health, disparities]
  • The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry by Paul Starr [History, Pulitzer Prize]
  • Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care by Lori Freedman [Nonfiction, abortion provision]


  • A Walk to Beautiful - NOVA / PBS, 2008. [Documentary, obstetric surgery in Ethiopia]
  • Doc Hollywood / Warner Home Video, 1991. [Surgeon to rural health]
  • John Q / New Line Home Video, 2002. [Healthcare]
  • Making the Crooked Straight / New Video Group, 2011 [Documentary, Dr. Rick Hodes]
  • No Past to Speak Of / Films Transit International Inc. 2006. [Documentary, child rape in South Africa]
  • One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest / Warner Bros. 1975 [Psychiatry]
  • Patch Adams / Universal Studies, 1998. [Based on a true story]
  • Shutter Island / Paramount, 2009. [Psychiatry]
  • Sicko / Weinstein Company, 2007. [Documentary, healthcare, socialized medicine]
  • Something the Lord Made / HBO Home Video, 2004.
  • The Business of Being Born / Warner Bros. 2008 [Documentary, woman controlling delivery and care]
  • The Doctor / Walt Disney Video, 1991.
  • The Painted Veil / Warner Home Video, 2007 [Cholera in China]
  • Tuesdays with Morrie / Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 1999. [Based on a true story, ALS & Homecare]
  • Wit / HBO Home Video, 2001. [End of life care, Emmy award]


  • Deliver Me / Oprah Winfrey Network [Follows three OBs in a high-risk practice]


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