The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine – Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Silence ] [ Background Music ]>>We have developed a deep conviction that
the concept of humane medicine must be demonstrated from the top down, from the dean, department
heads, nursing heads, hospital administration, et cetera. Technology and caring can be combined,
but you must search your soul. Empathizing, comforting can be combined with your help
and endowment.>>The Kienle Center is extraordinary. It
provides funding for some of our students to work in global health. It provides funding
for a drama program. It provides funding for a lot of our students to engage in activities
that otherwise they’re just simply would not be funding for.>>I think when we look back in time, the
human has always been at the very center of the practice of at least human-based medicine.>>It seems to me, it so obvious a doctor
should be humane but that’s not the way it always turns out.>>In the early days of my nursing education,
you ate to be stiff and professional and not that that’s wrong. That’s right to have boundaries.
But there is a place, there is a need for a place to go to talk about the impact on
you because it’s unrealistic to think that a nurse or doctor walks into a room and they
don’t bring with them some potential impact.>>The single best accomplishment of the center
is the way that it is able to bind together members throughout the institution, that rarely
come together for other events and the work a day world around here, it’s a very busy
environment.>>The Kienle Center has offered opportunities
for students to move outside of hardcore medicine.>>That’s what this experience made me realize
that there are a lot of countries and a lot of people around the world who kind of value
this and there’s–that there’s–it’s not there. I mean there’s a lots of people who don’t
have access–who have never seen doctors in their lifetime. I think this experience made
me realized that I do–I should be, you know, kind of volunteering my time once I do become
full-pledged physician.>>We did a project there, some of the people
in our group where we talked to people and went into their homes and try to find out
more about who they were and I thought that was interesting and a helpful aspect because
it took the medicine away from the people and just left the human beings.>>In the first couple of days, you’re kind
of–it kinda seems overwhelming but then towards the end of it, you realized that exactly you
can change, you can only do so much and–but you should be doing what you can do.>>It’s changed their lives and that’s what
we really wanna do. They now have the global interest which is great. They have Wild Onions
which is a magazine.>>Because in Wild Onions now–not only is
it medical students writing, but it’s nurses, it’s patients, it’s patients’ family and it’s–no
words can really express how exciting that is and also to see photographs and artwork.
It’s just expanded and become more beautiful than that. That first issue I picked up.>>The Kienle Center is a good idea whose
time has come and it will continue to grow because the projects are appropriate for the
time. For example, the international intercultural outreach, that was a project that was premature
25 years ago but it’s absolutely appropriate now.>>I find it quite intriguing that it was
the then young medical student Kienle–or the Kinles were facing treatments from tuberculosis
and the relatively inhumane type of care that they were getting close to the end of the
World War II era that sparked in them a need to drive more towards a compassionate patient
center type of care.>>Again can you teach and you can’t teach
that. I think you do it by example.>>We have a good recollection of the spirit
of change with the Kienle and at continuing input [inaudible] who have continually emphasized
the importance of this work and be of great gratitude to them. They’re starting our efforts
and we’ve done a good job with that but we’re moving into a new timeframe and if we want
our emphasis on humanism and medicines to improve, to increase, to expand toward the,
to have additional resources to do that. We all think that what we’re doing this for the
world.>>What I’ve seen is a small little seed grow
into this large tree which has borne fruit beyond I think what any of us could ever have
dreamed of 25 years ago. [ Music ] [ Silence ]

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