New Podcast Links the Humanities and Biomedicine

Members of AIHP will be interested in a new podcast (“The Clinic and the Person”) that aims to show how the humanities (e.g., language arts, visual arts, history) can be applied in health professional education and practice with the goal of improving patient care.

The program’s intended audience includes pharmacists and other healthcare workers who have recognized that the scientific and technical focus of their education has not equipped them well to address the emotional and subjective facets of patient care. It’s one thing, for example, to learn how to titrate the medicine regimen of a patient with Parkinson’s disease; it’s something else entirely to understand the patient’s experience—his or her feelings about the disease and the effects of treatment—and to use that insight in guiding the patient toward an optimal outcome.

A typical installment of the monthly podcast spotlights a particular disease and interprets works from the humanities that offer insights into the experience of patients with that disease.

The podcast is hosted by J. Russell Teagarden and Daniel Albrant, both of whom started their careers as clinical pharmacists.

More information on accessing this free podcast and on the individuals behind it is available at

Contributed by William A. Zellmer, a past president of AIHP.

Posted: March 8, 2023

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