Wild Onions is an annual publication funded by The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. It is a journal of poetry, prose, photography, and visual art created by members of the entire Hershey Medical Center and College of medicine community.Entries are selected on the basis of artistic merit, representation of the broad diversity of the medical community, and recognition of the interplay between science and creativity that is essential to medicine as a human endeavor. Faculty, staff, students, clinical and non-clinical patients and their families, and volunteers are invited to submit original literary or artistic work on all topics.
Embedded into the first year of the curriculum is the experiential Patients as Teachers Project, where students visit a patient in their home to learn about the lived experience of illness. Some students make short films about their patients, and screen them in spring. Others write essays reflecting on what they have learned from their patients or develop creative projects to honor their patients’ stories.
EPEC (Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care)
Projects, workshops, and courses for medical students and for physicians that present the core competencies required in providing high quality care for the dying patient. Based on a standardized curriculum developed by the AMA. Facilitator: James O. Ballard, M.D.
A special collection of books and media concerning humanistic medical practice (George T. Harrell Library, Penn State College of Medicine) are available for check out.
- Medical Student Creative Arts Council display board on the first floor of the BMR building
- Patient Portraits Photography Exhibit Joseph Gascho, M.D, located in the hallway by the Chapel.