Trisha Kelley

Trisha Kelley
Degree/Major: Bachelor of Science in Medical Humanities
Graduated: May 2012
Attending Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

What drew you to the Medical Humanities program at Baylor University?

When I was in eighth grade, I had to interview someone in the field I wanted to be in. At that time I wanted to be a heart surgeon, so I interviewed a cardiologist. He had been an English major when he went through school. He knew he was going to work in science for the rest of his life and did not want to get burned out. I tucked that little pearl away until I started looking at colleges. When I looked at Baylor, I heard about the Medical Humanities major and thought it sounded amazing. It would give me a break from all the science I had to take but would still be relevant to my future career.

What is one key concept that distinguishes Medical Humanities from other medical programs?

I have learned that medicine is much more than just curing someone's disease. As healers, we are called to look not only at the physical symptoms but also the spiritual and emotional pain as well. All of these must be targeted in order to be an effective and caring doctor.

Is there a particular Medical Humanities course that impacted you in a significant way?

I've loved just about every Medical Humanities class I've taken, but I think my favorite was Supervised Clinical Medicine with Dr. Lauren Barron. This class met once a week to discuss controversial topics in medicine today. The other days of the week we went on rotations with different doctors in the community. It was really fun because the class was very small and we were able to engage in deep debates. Dr. Barron was great about making sure we were able to discuss and see the things that were important to us. I was also able to see the medical field up close and personal, including a quadruple bypass surgery and a Rescue Helicopter save. It was amazing!

How do you feel your investment in the Medical Humanities program will help you in your career?

I think I've really learned what medicine is about being a servant. It's not about the money or the prestige. It's about being willing to get your hands dirty in people's pain and suffering. This is sometimes hard to remember when we are in the super stressful and fast-paced world of medicine, but it is essential to being a good doctor.

I think everyone who wants to go into the health care field should be a Medical Humanities major.