Medical Humanities Council
Honors Council from L to R: Garrett Burton, Deborah Otuno, Davis Bullock, Jada Rosa, Zachary Speciale, Lexi Martin, Macy Scott, Sofia Fernandez, and Megan Feikema. Photo courtesy of Emma Wilkinson.
MH HONORS COUNCIL
by Hillary Villarreal
edited by Rachel Boren
The Medical Humanities Honors Council was formed in January of 2014 in an effort to give high-achieving, passionate Medical Humanities students the opportunity to help grow and promote the MH Program.
Students interested in joining the council next year are invited to apply in the spring for positions vacated by our graduating seniors. Members of the MH Honors Council are dedicated to giving back to the Medical Humanities Program by helping host special guests, being ambassadors, publicizing special events across campus, and meeting with prospective students. The students of the honor council also work in close collaboration with faculty, affording us access to many enriching opportunities such as lectures, receptions with special guests, student-faculty dinners, and discussions with practicing physicians over special topics.
In the Spring of 2015 the council helped host special guests such as Dr. Tim McCall, a Christian physician missionary, and the founder and Executive Director of Restoration Gateway in Uganda. In addition the council worked to promote and present the 16th Annual Medical Humanities Retreat which became the largest retreat in program history. We also continued our tradition of semester dinners with Medical Humanities faculty, as well as starting a new tradition of breakfasts as special times to gather with each other and to interact with distinguished guests. In the future, we hope to create a student publication, as well as to continue to support special events like the upcoming Medical Humanities Retreat.
Through Medical Humanities, students develop an interest and passion for learning about the human side - the art - of medicine. Studying medical humanities has forces one to grapple with hard issues in medicine, such as the nature of the patient-physician relationship, issues in bioethics, and understanding what it is to have a calling to the medical profession. Learning about the ideals of medicine and struggling to understand vocation provides students with a more meaningful educational experience here at Baylor. Exposure to medical humanities is of the upmost importance for every pre-health student entering into a profession primarily concerned with caring for people. The Medical Humanities Honor Council is one vehicle through which this vital program can continue to grow.