Johns Hopkins hosts the inaugural Media Medica: Medicine & the Challenge of New Media event Oct. 27-28 as part of the launch of its new Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine. The event will explore the changing role of new media in medicine.
Medicine never takes place in a vacuum. Patients become ill in the context of work and family, physicians make diagnostic and therapeutic choices based on their professional training and institutional affiliations, researchers pose questions based on funding opportunities and the interests of their peers. Over the past half-century, scholarship in medical history, anthropology, sociology and the broader medical humanities has laid out the importance of these social contexts in finer and finer detail. Yet the spaces between patient, doctor and scientist are not merely social. They are also mediated by textual and visual forms, which are expressed in a variety of media by paper and increasingly electronic technologies that make possible both intimate and global circulation of medical knowledge and practice.
The new center is an initiative at Johns Hopkins aimed at building new models for teaching and scientific discovery that bridge community health, policy, biomedical, humanities and social medicine research. Journalists are invited to learn more about the new center at this event.
What: Media Medica: Medicine & the Challenge of New Media, a conference spanning the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses of Johns Hopkins that will cover how new media impacts research, patient care and medicine as a whole.
When: Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Hurd Hall
600 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Johns Hopkins University, Levering Hall
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218