The Medical Roots Interest Group is an organization that intends to augment the curriculum at the University of Maryland Medical School with training about the history of medicine. This year, we will be working in conjunction with the History of Medical Steering Committee to expand our group to include all interested members of campus, in all graduate programs. Currently, speaking just for the medical school, there exists no official training on the cultures, physicians, philosophers, scientists, and statesmen that have shaped the practice of medicine as it exists today. However, through a series of formal presentations, Medical Roots will provide the information that is not officially presented in the medical school curriculum. Additionally, to further supplement the education about medical history, we will gain first-hand experience through trips to Baltimore-Washington-Philadelphia area museums. It is hoped that participants will gain a full appreciation of our medical roots and will be better physicians, nurses, lawyers, therapists, social workers, etc.
As an interdisciplinary group, we will aim to consider the history of medical practice as a whole. How we as a community have developed our current medical system to include interaction between doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, lawyers, and business. Part of our group’s focus will also be to consider the historical interplay between these groups with regard to the history of the city of Baltimore.