Programs & Electives

Humanism Day


Started in 2008, this annual event hosted by the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine and New Jersey Medical School is a celebration of humanism in medicine.


Literature & Medicine


Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals. Literature & Medicine discussions have helped health care professionals across the country improve their communication and interpersonal skills while increasing their cultural awareness, empathy for patients and job satisfaction.


The New Jersey Council of the Humanities initiated their Literature and Medicine Program in 2005, The program was created by the Maine Humanities Council in 1997 for Maine health care professionals; by 2007 Literature & Medicine groups will have met in over 90 different hospitals in 19 states. For more information on the Maine Humanities Council please visit their website at:


The New Jersey Council of the Humanities’ Literature and Medicine program brings together an identified scholar who will meet monthly in the evening, with health care students and professionals, in order to facilitate an insightful discussion of humanism in medicine, as portrayed in specifically chosen literature, be that stories, essays, poems, plays, or other creative writings.


Funding the Literature and Medicine program was made possible through a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The program is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at UMDNJ. The UMDNJ Liaison for the Literature and Medicine Program is Diane Kaufman, MD


Introduction to Healthcare Reform Elective

Conceived by a humanism scholar in collaboration with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the American Medical Association (AMA), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and the family medicine and neurosurgical faculty at NJMS, this course began in the fall of 2007 and examines problems in medical education, hospital management, physicians’ burdens, patient care, and the debate over a national health insurance system versus a market-based privatized approach.


Collaborative Center for Integrative Medicine Elective

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure