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Projects & Initiatives
View some of H3EM's publications here and read about our ongoing work below!


Health Humanities 


Since 2019, H3EM faculty have developed and taught a monthly health humanities curriculum incorporated longitudinally into residency didactics across each academic year. Each year's curriculum combines lectures, small-group discussions, and field trips and uses literature and art to spark reflection and conversation on key elements of the health humanities as applied to emergency medicine. The curriculum is taught by H3EM faculty, with the participation of an interdisciplinary team of museum educators, peer recovery coaches, and patients. Previous years have focused on social determinants of health and anti-racism. 


Medical Humanities

Pilot Series

During the 2018-2019 academic year, H3EM faculty piloted a well-received medical humanities curriculum with synchronous and asynchronous components. Residents used paintings, prose, poetry, and non-fiction to reflect upon and discuss ethics in disasters and resource-constrained environments, strategies to address personal burnout, the meaning of person-centered care, and the roles of artificial intelligence and machine-based learning in medicine.


HumanisEM Creativity in Medicine Award

2019 was the inaugural year for the HumanisEM Creativity in Medicine Award.  Residents were asked to submit a work in any form that reflected their experiences in medicine, in residency, and in serving the city of Baltimore and its people. We are very proud of the talent, thoughtfulness, and humanism exemplified by their submissions. Please see our Events page to see recent winning submissions! 


HumanisEM Speaker Series

H3EM's biannual HumanisEM Speaker Series aims to highlight individuals whose work embodies, exemplifies, and emphasizes humanism in the practice of emergency medicine, and medicine at large.

The inaugural lecture of the HumanisEM Speaker Series was held on September 25, 2019. Please visit the Events page for more details. 



With funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Drs. Irvin and Balhara developed a series of curricular resources designed to support health professions educators in incorporating humanities-based approaches to anti-racism in education. Visit to explore the preparation guide and modules! 

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Humanities Exposure in EM Resident Education: A Qualitative Study

This cross-section survey-based study examined the impact of humanities exposure amongst EM residents at six residency programs across the country. 

Increased humanities exposure was associated with higher performance on measures of empathy, and the majority of respondents expressed an interest in the integration of the humanities in graduate medical education. Read more here in our publication in Academic Emergency Medicine: Education and Training.  


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