Literature & Medicine

*Applications to become a Lit & Med host site in FY18 will be available in Fall 2017.  Check back for updates.

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® is a national award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals that, as one participant writes, “renews the heart and soul of health care.” Literature & Medicine discussions have helped health care professionals across the country improve their communication and interpersonal skills while increasing their cultural awareness, empathy for patients, and job satisfaction.

Literature gives healthcare workers the opportunity to see through another person’s eyes while the group discussion format helps break down the hierarchies among doctors, nurses and administrative staff in the hospital that can impede care. By helping healthcare workers at all levels better understand their patients and each other, Literature & Medicine improves the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. Since the program’s inception in New Jersey in 2005, numerous hospitals have taken part in Literature & Medicine.

The following institutions are participating in 2017:

  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown
  • Mountainside Hospital, Montclair
  • Overlook Hospital, Summit
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • Daughters of Israel, West Orange
  • Bristol Glen, Newton
  • Genesis Healthcare, Westfield
  • Newton Medical Center, Newton

For more information on this program and how your hospital or health care organization participate, please contact Director of Community Engagement Jason Allen at

Literature & Medicine has “broadened my horizons to appreciate all the emotions/feelings involved in patient care and opened my eyes to other peoples’ points of view.” –Program Participant

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