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Center for Health Humanities of Hopkins Emergency Medicine (H3EM) Curriculum
The Center for Health Humanities at Hopkins Emergency Medicine (H3EM) curriculum blends the medical humanities and social emergency medicine to provide our residents with tools to understand and address the human experiences of health and illness, to see their patients as individuals in the context of larger social perspectives, and to serve the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities by improving the delivery of patient-centered care built upon cultural humility.
The emergency department is a complex environment that mandates interdisciplinary collaboration with multiple stakeholders and where issues involving ethics, burnout, social justice and inequity frequently arise. As such, emergency physicians must be equipped to move beyond treating disease in order to be advocates for health. As part of the H3EM initiative, residents participate in a longitudinal, innovative curriculum that melds the arts with medicine by using small-group discussions, museum visits, community immersion experiences and didactic lectures. Our curriculum combines aspects of narrative medicine and visual thinking strategies with community and patient engagement, social sciences, social medicine and health policy. This initiative also provides residents with opportunities for community engagement and scholarly activities in the health humanities. Our goal is to help our residents go beyond the point of view of the physician alone to improve the delivery of compassionate and culturally competent health care, while serving as engaged and informed advocates for the communities they treat.