Using Medical Humanities—A Pathway to Better Medicine and A Better You (On Demand)

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that have watched the on demand materials for Using Medical Humanities—A Pathway to Better Medicine and A Better You.

Medical providers are burning out in record numbers. The job requires providers to work thoughtfully in diverse teams, overcome the moral injury of work demands, and engage with patients from different backgrounds. Well intentioned individuals are offering meditation, yoga, and EHR smart sets. What we really need are different ways of seeing. Medical humanities through poetry, film, art and podcasts can offer avenues to understanding colleagues and patients who are different from ourselves, inspire creativity in our care, and help us thrive as clinicians. This talk will offer interactive examples of groups joining through art and poetry.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Reliant Medical Group.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in learning about medical humanities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of medical humanities improving teamwork, curiosity and creativity in health care, and reducing burnout.
  • Utilize medical humanities to identify patients, learners, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Visit local institutions to engage in humanities to achieve improved teamwork and reduce burnout. 
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health                                                                                
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School;
Clinician, Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project
Family Health Center for Worcester; and 
Road to Care, UMassMemorial Healthcare;
Co-founder and Co-Chair, UMass Medical Humanities Lab
Worcester, MA

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Optum Health Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Reliant Medical Group. Optum Health Education 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.

Credit designation statements

Optum Health Education designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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