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Lamar Soutter Library

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Health Sciences and Medical Librarianship | Medical Education | Medical Humanities


In this virtual presentation for the Medical Library Association Health Humanities Caucus, learn how UMass Chan Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library successfully collaborates with faculty leaders and medical students in the Medical Humanities Lab, an initiative which integrates the arts and humanities into medical education and healthcare through student, faculty, and staff collaborations fostering humanism in medicine. The Library has provided leadership, technology expertise, space for in-person meetings, logistical support for virtual meetings, and promotional assistance. Over the past 3+ years, the Lab has sponsored projects, including a storytelling event, a creative writing and photography journal, a blog, two podcasts, and a creative writing website. The projects, many of which are openly accessible, address important themes including health inequality and the impact of incarceration on medical care. This presentation discusses the partnership, highlights projects, challenges, and facilitators of success, and features multimedia samples from our projects. Attendees also brainstormed new ways that their library can support medical humanities at their institution.


medical humanities, medical education, medical libraries, health sciences libraries, Medical Humanities Lab, UMass Chan Medical School

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Grynoch T, Palmer LA, Raboin R. Medical Humanities Lab: Re-envisioning Library Services to Foster the Growth of Medical Humanities in Education and Healthcare. Virtual presentation for the Medical Library Association Health Humanities Caucus, March 31, 2022.

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Medical Library Association Health Humanities Caucus

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