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Literature and Medicine Group

How to Participate

  • To join the group, call UConnLink at 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 All sessions are free.
  • For more information, contact
    Ralph Arcari,

The Literature and Medicine group would like to extend an invitation to the Health Center community to join this reading discussion group.

About Literature and Medicine

The objective of this program is to have health care providers read broadly in the humanities literature in order to develop insights into human nature than can be related to the practice of medicine. The group has been meeting for 10 years and has been well-received by physicians, nurses, students, and staff.

How It Works

Participants attend five meetings per year (January to May) facilitated by an experienced scholar of literature, to explore works of fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether well, sick or dying.

Upcoming Discussion Dates and Topics


  • Classroom I
    UConn Health
    263 Farmington Avenue
    Farmington, CT 06030

Facilitated by Mark Schenker, Ph.D., Dean, Academic Affairs, Yale University

No upcoming discussions at this time.

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copies of books to be read. Books can be obtained from public libraries, Amazon, or the UConn Health bookstore.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care and the Robert U. Massey Fund for History of Medicine and Medical Humanities.