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Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (CBMH) provides a platform to incorporate ethics and professionalism into the curriculum of UMMC schools and training programs as core values of our learning, service and research communities. Our mission, however, goes further to equip faculty, staff and students with skills to better understand the socio-cultural context in which modern health care takes place. Appreciation of this context deepens our engagement with the human aspects of disease, its treatment and its study, enriching our understanding of how patients experience illness and injury.

The CBMH achieves this mission through:
  • Ethics curriculum development
  • Professionalism education
  • Consultation regarding ethical dilemmas in health care
  • Research into social and cultural determinants of health
  • Exploration of the medical humanities including history, anthropology, literature and philosophy

Food as Medicine

"FOOD: For Thought, For Life" engages Mississippi communities on important health and nutrition issues while celebrating the state's unique culinary traditions. More

Professionalism Across the Curriculum

Through the UMMC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the CBMH assesses programs and course materials to determine effectiveness in generating student-trainee-faculty discussion and engagement with crucial ethical, communication, and other professional skills. Findings are used to create "Professionalism Across the Curriculum" training modules that can be integrated within existing curricula.More