LOOKING AHEAD: Next year looks especially promising with the addition of our new and gifted Medical Humanities Scholar, Therese Jones. She will collaborate with our Program Associates and
offer even more electives in medical develop a program for 3rd year clerks experiences in real time. She will also
humanities for senior students. She also plans to in Internal Medicine to reflect on and discuss their bring her knowledge and teaching techniques to our
will help us Humanities.
and strengthen already include
our interdisciplinary the College of Law,
connections to the College of the College of Nursing and the
School of Business.
Our greatest challenge remains sustainability and growth of our program
members and Program Associates all have major responsibilities in addition to their Division duties. Their financial compensation for Division work is at a token level or none at all. While virtue may be its own reward, it will be difficult to sustain the amount of uncompensated effort that our current colleagues provide. Also, as varied as our disciplinary training is, it would be desirable to add Division Members with partial support, who would bring us expertise in the area of health law and possibly added strength in medicine and the medical humanities. We hope to identify junior and mid level scholars at our university who would collaborate with us and ultimately commit part of their time to our Division. Also, as requests for our services and the scope of our expertise expands, we would like to evolve into a Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities that more broadly serves the School of Medicine and the University of Utah. We will turn to our Development Advisory Board to help us design a plan for additional support that this will require. We will also work with the development team in the Department of Internal Medicine to augment and implement that strategy.
We continue to work with the LDS Hospital Deseret Foundation and the University of Utah’s College of Humanities Development Office to raise awareness of our programs in the donor community and to invite participation and support. People in the academic and larger community who participate in and contribute to our programs and who host our Evening Ethics Discussions have been most generous. Their names are listed on our acknowledgements page.