WindyCreek Center for Humanities in Medicine


Mission Statement

The WindyCreek Center for Humanities in Medicine was established in 1998 in order to contribute indispensable insights from the humanities to the teaching, research, and service endeavors of Medicine and to emphasize the importance of the arts and humanities in understanding and the practice of Medicine.

The Center provides students, physicians, and other interested participants in various aspects of health care with knowledge of the humanities and encourages scholarly activity at the interface between the Humanities and Medicine. These humanities disciplines include: ethics, health policy, medical history, medical jurisprudence, philosophy, psychosocial care, and religious studies. Research will be presented on ethical and legal problems in clinical practice and biomedical research; and on philosophical, historic, visual, literary, and religious dimensions of medicine and health care. The Center offers seminars, classes, workshops, readings, and discussions designed to provide participants with a core knowledge in the humanities, emphasizing application of the content and methodologies to the practice of health care. Emphasis will be placed on building meaningful communication between physicians and patients, the forces that influence professional judgment and clinical decision-making, and examining certain compelling aspects of the nature of relationships with those in our care.



Our current projects include:

WindyCreek Center for Humanities in Medicine Web Page

The 1998-1999 lecture series (Click for schedule)

Literature and Medicine: Exploration of the issues of doctoring - what it means to be a physician&emdash;through readings and discussions of world literature and creative writing assignments.

Reel Doctors©: Film and Healing

Lecture-Reel Therapy©-Monday, March 8, 1999. 1-3 PM- Montana State University-Movies provide a window into our cultural views of psychotherapy. Using excerpts from different movies, Dr. Lande will illustrate how films often sum up central themes and views of psychotherapy. He will also discuss how the representation of therapy in films fulfills the the needs, hopes and fears of the audience and can provide a powerful educational tool for therapists.

Reel Therapy©

Film and Medicine

Medicine, Media and Culture: A study of the cultural images of medicine using the tools of Semiotics to re-examine assumptions. We will look at the mirror images of medicine to see what it says about medicine, the media audience and the contribution of media to the development of modern medicine.

Medical Ethics:

Perspectives on the Physician-Patient Relationship; Life and Death Decisions; Prolongation of life issues; Standard of Care/Legal Rights; Informed Consent; Confidentiality and Privacy; Clinical, Psychosocial, Moral, Scientific, Ethical, and Aspects of Withholding-Withdrawing Treatment; Right to Die&endash;medical, legal and ethical implications; Assisted Death/Legal and Ethical Issues; Organ Donation; Moral Revolution of Health Care; in vitro fertilization; genetic engineering; determinatiion of death.


Emotional Intelligence

Discussion seminars

Special Events: Conference


We are now accepting submission of contributions to our homepage. Please write to Gary M. Lande, M.D., Program Director.


Copyright © 1999, 2000 Gary M. Lande, M.D.