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Humanities in Medicine Symposium 2021 Engaging Across Disciplines: Toward a Practice of Transdisciplinarity - LIVESTREAM

September 17, 2021 to October 9, 2021

Artwork by Tia Calvert titled Pinpoint

Course Directors: Daniel Hall Flavin, M.D., M.S. and Johanna Rian, Ph.D.

September 17 - 18, 2021 with additional dates through October 9, 2021 - LIVESTREAM

The complex problems faced in medicine and society require moving beyond discipline-based learning. A practice of transdisciplinarity asks us to be comfortable with an active exploration in an intellectual space that may exceed our extant cognitive capacities but can result in new understandings and innovative, previously unimagined solutions.

This annual gathering showcases best practices and research related to the Health Humanities.

Course Highlights
Hear from thought leaders across disciplines on:
-Teaching Robots How to Dance
-Transdisciplinarity in Practice
-Liaisons: Reimagining Sondheim from the Piano; Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis
-Poetry of Resilience
-Research at the National Endowment for the Arts: Linking the Arts to Clinical Practice

Registration Fee $250.00
Student$  50.00
(Presenters must be registered attendees) 

Call for Abstracts

We invite proposals that respond to the call for transformative thinking with an emphasis on collaborative work across disciplines. Of particular interest are proposals that address peace and social justice, equity, inclusion and diversity, and the impact of medical humanities in the time of COVID-19.  Proposals should be inclusive of all voices representing the full scope of health humanities in Education, Research and Patient Care. Submission deadline is 11:59 pm Central Time, July 9, 2021. Proposals received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Notification of a proposal's status will be sent via email by by the end of July, 2021. Please click here for details. 

Target Audience

The symposium is designed to engage healthcare and health humanities professionals, including physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, healthcare educators, researchers, allied health professionals, artists, expressive arts therapists, students, social workers, chaplains, family and professional caregivers, veterans services professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe methods of enhancing healthcare practices in research, education and patient care through transdisciplinary approaches to address complex issues in medicine.
  • Identify ways in which health humanities and the arts can provide valuable teaching tools for health care professionals and students.
  • Explain how the active experience of the humanities and the arts (history, literature, fine and performing arts and others) can improve the experience of health, illness and healthcare.

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Event starts: 
09/17/2021 - 6:00pm
Event ends: 
10/09/2021 - 3:00pm
Internet-Live Activity
Rochester, MN
United States


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

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