Doctor of Medical Humanities
Q. Why are you studying medical humanities?
A. I believe it will better prepare me to work with both patients and students—I’m an instructor in the accelerated B.S.N. nursing program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. As technology continues to advance and with more and more options in health care, I believe medical humanities reminds, reinforces and teaches techniques essential to human care.
Q. Why did you choose Drew’s program?
A. I chose Drew because of the university’s overall outstanding reputation, but more specifically because of Drew’s commitment to the field of medical humanities.
Q. And has the program so far informed your teaching?
A. Yes, I can almost immediately implement what I am learning at Drew into my role with students and patients. In addition, my professors at Drew continually look for ways to provide an environment conducive to learning, and both encourage and value student participation. I benefit greatly from both the formal, excellent course content and, informally, by being exposed to different teaching techniques and the diverse student and faculty population.
Q. I understand, in addition to a career and graduate school, you’re an active volunteer at a food pantry in your community. How do you manage it all?
A. I really believe in balance—work, school, play. I enjoy reading, traveling, music, art and spending time with family and friends. You have to make time for it. I appreciate how busy we all are these days. And this goes back to my Drew experience: I was unable to attend the open house for the medical humanities program, so the staff arranged a personal visit, guided tour and explanation of the program. The extra care I was provided spoke volumes, and the time and tour were unhurried, informative and comfortable.
Q. You seem genuinely pleased.
A. The support from everyone at Drew has been tremendous. This “Drew Experience” literally begins from admission and continues into the classroom. It’s clear that Drew staff and professors want students to be successful. My expectations have been exceeded!
Q. And what of your expectations beyond your doctorate?
A. I believe earning my medical humanities doctorate will assist in achieving additional professional goals, but more importantly, it will equip me with the education and experiences needed to successfully and competently work in this area.
Q. Sounds like you are getting a lot out of the program.
A. Drew really values the experiences students bring to the program, and the staff helps us build on those experiences to achieve individual goals. I actually was so impressed with both the program and the personal attention I received that I returned to my own university to share my experiences.
Q. Did you manage to recruit anyone?
A. In fact, two of my colleagues have joined me in the medical humanities program. I don’t know if I can take full credit, though!