Arts + Humanities + Medicine

Date:  Sunday November 10, 2013
Speaker:  Gretchen A. Chase

Gretchen A. Case is Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received a BA in Speech Communication and History, an MA in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Performance Studies from UC, Berkeley. Dr. Case’s research and teaching interests are in the medical humanities (aka healthcare humanities): the many ways in which the arts and humanities intersect with the medical arts and sciences. Her scholarly projects often combine communication, performance, disability theory, cultures of medicine, oral history, and ethnography. Dr. Case also has more than ten years of experience as a public historian, specializing in histories of science and medicine.

“Dr. Gretchen Case will discuss the importance of the arts and humanities to physicians—those in training and those already in practice. Drawing on her experience as a faculty member at the University of Utah School of Medicine, she will explain how the arts work within a science-based curriculum to promote innovative, patient-centered, reflective thinking in our future health care professionals. Audience members will be invited (but not required!) to participate in portions of this talk.”