“The humanistic dimensions of medicine and health.”
This is the phrase that first intrigued me about the Third Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference‘s Call for Abstracts. I am excited to have the opportunity to present about my thesis research, Chronicling Childhood Cancer: Illuminating the Illness Experience, at this conference one week from today.
This is my first conference to attend and present at, and the uncertainty of what to expect is thrilling. The innovative field of Medical Humanities is so interdisciplinary; who will I meet and how should I tailor my presentation accordingly to this diverse audience? What insight can I bring from my experiences in the field, and what do I hope to learn from others? How can I make the most of this incredible opportunity?
With funding from the University of Michigan Department of English, it is an honor to be able to attend, engage, and contribute to this conference.