The Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences will provide an interprofessional approach to researching and understanding the profound effects of illness and disease on patients, health professionals and the world in which they live and work.
After an external search, Stuart Munro, M.D., UMKC clinical professor in psychiatry, was named chair of the department.
The department will provide oversight for these courses in the medical curriculum: Fundamentals of Practice I-IV, Hospital Team Experience, CUES (Communication, Understanding, Education and Self-awareness), Behavioral Sciences in Medicine and Patient-Physician-Society I and II.
The department will house the International Medicine Program, led by Munro, which supports students’ efforts to explore study-abroad opportunities and requests to study at the UMKC School of Medicine from students at affiliate international universities. The department also will house the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, established in 1992 to expand opportunities to provide humanities courses for students in UMKC’s six-year BA/MD program.
Munro has served in a variety of roles at the School of Medicine since 1986, including psychiatry chair, behavioral sciences course director, Assistant Dean for Years 1 and 2, International Medicine Program director and interim dean. He also received the Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award for the School of Medicine in 2012.