Recognizing that, at times, a disconnect occurs between what we aspire to do for our patients as providers and what ends up transpiring in each patient contact, the HEART group was created and charged with a mission to close the gap. The name, HEART, is an acronym for the themes that ground our work--themes that we work to integrate into all aspects of the University of Louisville medical community: Humanistic, Empathetic, Altruistic, Relationship-centered Team. Through the various HEART projects and enterprises, we hope to foster a medical community culture that embraces the humanistic component of the physician-patient interaction. Furthermore, we hope to provide those of us still in training with the tools we need to consistently practice medicine with empathy and altruism. We acknowledge that the current medical atmosphere encourages physicians and providers to focus on achieving scientific accuracy. HEART’s goal is to promote the themes for which it is named, to make them more visible in the medical community so that healthcare professionals and patients alike are aware of the university’s commitment to humanism in medicine.
HEART Newsletter - Notably, the HEART group is not the only group dedicated to such efforts. Many students, professionals, administrators and organizations champion relationship-centered medicine. This newsletter represents one new approach to highlighting those groups and individuals, their ideas, and the work they’ve done in this area. We hope also to exemplify the art in medicine by including works of photography and prose and we encourage readers to submit the fruits of their labor in these areas. Click Here for link
Systole - Systole, UofL School of Medicine's literary journal, represents an annual publication that celebrates the writings of members of our academic community. Systole has Greek origins denoting "a drawing together or contraction." We hope this journal will bring together our academic medical community in fostering humanism in medicine. Click Here for link
Gheens Bioethics Lecture Series - The Division of Medical Humanism and Ethics (DHME) hosts the Gheens Bioethics lecture series. These outstanding lectures are presented by some of the most prominent educators and scholars in the discipline. All of our lectures are web-archived and streamed for your future enjoyment. They are housed at our webpage. Click Here for link