This unique program offers medical students an opportunity to take classes that tie together the medical arts, bioethics, and the humanities. It is truly a one-of-a-kind program that has no equal.
The Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities was established at the School of Medicine in 1992 with the goal of expanding opportunities to provide humanities courses for both premedical students and students in UMKC's six-year BA/MD program.
It was initially funded and coordinated by Marjorie and William Sirridge, M.D.s, who were founding physician-docents when the School of Medicine opened in 1971. The school received a grant in 1995 from the Culpeper Foundation to plan and develop an undergraduate medical humanities curriculum for students in both the Medical School program and in undergraduate programs at UMKC. The UMKC School of Medicine is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation whose mission advances humanism in medicine.
In 2008 the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities was renamed to reflect its mission of infusing medical humanities and bioethics throughout the six-year curriculum. The first Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics was also appointed.
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To: School of Medicine Faculty
Colleagues, we are seeking physicians who are interested in contributing to the courses offered by the Sirridge Office of Humanities and Bioethics (MHB). Please see the attached to review the two options regarding the degree of involvement that we would welcome for you.
Thank you for your interest in the Humanities Program.
Stuart Munro, M.D.
Chair, Humanities Advisory Board