Thomas Jefferson University

Asano Humanities &
Health Certificate

The Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is a co-curricular program that rewards sustained engagement in arts and humanities activities throughout the academic year. All Jefferson students are invited to complete the certificate by attending eight (8) Jefferson Humanities & Health events and completing a reflection portfolio of four (4) reflection prompts.

but cancer was us by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23
"but cancer was us" by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23

Register for the 2022-2023 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate

Registration has now opened for the 2022-2023 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate - register for the program here!

Asano events will start up again, slowly, in May 2022. Check out our upcoming events here. Read on below for more information about the requirements, FAQ, and more. 

The deadline to attend events and submit portfolio requirements is Monday, March 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Reach out to Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.


How do I earn the Humanities & Health Certificate?

+ Register

Register for the 2022-2023 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate program.

Though registration is not binding, it sets an intention of completion for yourself and it puts you on our radar so we can better track your attendance and be in touch. Registration remains open year-round. 

+ Attend Eight Events

This is the fun part! You get to attend our rich array of programming and partner events that explore music, multi-media art, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and more. You have until the deadline to attend eight (8) events from the Jefferson Humanities & Health event calendar at Jefferson.edu/Humanities. Eligible events are marked with an asterisk (*).

Note: Four (4) of your eight (8) events can also come from participation with certain student organizations and university programs. See below to learn more about participating orgs. 

If you are seeking the Anti-Racism in Health Focus, four (4) out of your eight (8) Asano event credits must come from a specific list of Anti-Racism in Health discussion-based events. Learn more and review the event offerings here.

+ Complete Part 1 & Part 2 of the Portfolio Process

Part 1 of the portfolio process is entering the eight events you attended (with a three sentence description).

Part 2 of the portfolio process is completing four (4) reflections in response to four (4) different events that you attended throughout the year. Explore the portfolio guidelines here and see example reflections below.

Where to upload? Both Part 1 and Part 2 will be uploaded to the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas (in the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate Portfolio Submissions Module) by the deadline.

Students earning the Asano Certificate as credit for JMD 153/252 will also need to complete, in addition to the portfolio of four reflections, a reflection assignment required for all humanities selectives. This assignment will be administered using ExamSoft. Further instructions will be emailed to all Asano registrants; visit the Asano module of the JMD 153/252 Canvas course page for more information about this requirement.

+ Submit by the Deadline

Submit your completed portfolio (Part 1: Event Attendance and Part 2: Reflections) for review  through Canvas by Monday, March 27, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

+ Celebrate

Celebrate with friends and classmates during a special certificate awards event in late April!


Anti-Racism in Health Focus

This year, we are introducing a new element to the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate: the Anti-Racism in Health Focus. To earn this "Focus," four (4) out of your eight (8) Asano event credits must come from a specific list of Anti-Racism in Health discussion-based events, exploring race and medicine, environmental racism, health inequity, and more. 

When you register for the Asano Certificate, check the box that marks your interest in the Focus (this is not binding). Read on about this new Focus, and the discussion-based event offerings, here.


FAQs & Student Organizations

Q: What is this and why should I do this?

A: The Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is a co-curricular program that rewards your engagement in the arts and humanities and complements your formal course of study. Completion of the program signifies your effort toward becoming a healthcare professional who considers how the arts and humanities can cultivate close observation, communication, empathy, and reflection on the social contexts of wellbeing. Though all Jefferson Humanities & Health programs and events are free and open to the Jefferson community, registering for Asano means that you are committed to attending eight events and completing four reflections (and that you will have an opportunity to celebrate your achievement with us at the end of the academic year!). 

Participating in the Asano certificate program is a great way to motivate yourself to attend some incredible programs on campus, connect with a community of students similarly committed to the humanities, find personal enrichment, and expose yourself to content that you might not find elsewhere at Jefferson.  

SKMC students: You also might want to do Asano because it can count as one of your two Humanities Selective Credits (JMD 153/252).

Q: Does it matter what college I am in?

A: NO! The Asano Humanities & Health Certificate is open to all students in all colleges and programs, on all Jefferson campuses.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: You have the entire academic year (until the end of March) to attend eight programs and complete your reflections. Programs and events are usually one or two hours long, so you’re looking at 12-ish hours of programming plus the amount of time it will take you to thoughtfully respond to the reflection prompts (all of which can be spread out over the academic year).

Second-year SKMC students seeking credit have an earlier submission deadline in December. 

Q: If I start attending Asano events do I have to complete the Certificate?

A: Registration for and participation in Asano are not binding, i.e. you can stop at any point! 

If you are an SKMC student participating in Asano for Humanities Selective credit then please check with Education Coodinator before making this decision.

Q: Where can I find upcoming events? How often is the calendar updated?

A: All upcoming events can be found on the Humanities & Health website at jefferson.edu/Humanities. The calendar is updated regularly (typically at least once per week) as programs are added. Any cancellations or postponements will also be noted as soon as possible.

Q: The student organization I am a part of is not listed under eligible organizations even though its content is related to arts and the humanities. Can my participation still count towards the Asano certificate?

A: Maybe! Reach out to Humanities Program Coordinator, Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu, to see if it can count. Glad that you know that student organization participation can count for four out of eight of your events!

Q: How do I keep track of events that I have attended?

A: The Program Coordinator will track your attendance using sign-in sheets from events (which you are responsible for filling out) and from emails that you send after attending any event that doesn’t have a sign-in sheet. We also recommend that you keep a list of the events you have attended for your own reference. When you list your eight events on Submittable at the end of the year, you will be asked to provide a three-sentence description of the event. All past events are listed on our Website to jog your memory.

Q: Can I get this certificate more than once?

A: You can complete the Asano program as many times as you would like. However, SKMC students can only earn Humanities Selective credit for Asano once.

Q: Do events I attended in year's past roll over?

A: All Asano events that you attend for credit must be within the same academic year in which you are participating in the Asano Certificate program, so no, events you attended in past years do not count.

Q: Do I need to choose four different reflection prompts for each of my four reflections?

A: Nope! You can respond to whichever prompts you wish, as many times as you wish. I.e. you can respond to one prompt four times.

Q: I really loved a specific event. Can I reflect on it in four different ways for my four reflections?

A: We are so glad you loved an event this much! Unfortunately, we are looking for your four reflections to be in response to four unique events.

Q: Can the creative piece be something I already made or photographed?

A: We love that you want to share something you created previously, but the reflections should be inspired by or made in response to an Asano program you attend, and so your submission should be a new piece. 

Four (4) of your eight (8) events can come from participation in certain student organizations and university programs (below). You can mark your attendance for student group participation here.

  • The Arrhythmias
  • Diversity Council
  • Jefferson Chamber Orchestra
  • JeffMentors
  • JeffSOAR
  • JeffYES
  • JeffVotes
  • J-Jams
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • The Lymph Notes
  • No One Dies Alone (NODA)
  • NoRx Improv
  • Palliative Care Interest Group
  • The Story Initiative

Other initiatives and programs:

  • Inside Out Editorial Committee
  • JCLS DEI Journal Club
  • Knitting and Crocheting Group
  • Physician Executive Leadership (PEL) events or PEL+ program
  • TimeSlips

Reach out to Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, if you have questions about an organization that is not listed.

Note: Student organization meetings and events must be registered through OSLE in order to count toward the certificate.


Celebrating the 2021-2022 Asano Humanities & Health Certificate Recipients

We congratulate the 93 Jefferson students—representing College of Life Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce and Sidney Kimmel Medical College—who earned the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate this academic year 2021-2022. Their yearlong engagement in programs promoting humanism in healthcare is an inspiration to us and a testament to their future work as caring, reflective and critically engaged professionals.

Here are the Asano reflections that were chosen by our review committee for special recognition. Congratulations!

Rebecca Vees, JCN ‘22, Equitable
Ilyse Kramer, JCRS ‘23, Embodied Voices
Ramya Pinniti, JCLS ‘22, Symbolic, Peripheral, Expansive
Taylor Greene, JCN ‘22, Coping with Covid
Rae Monane, SKMC ‘25, The Lurking Shadows of Decisions Past


Attendance

Grandpa Came in 1960 on a Student Visa by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23

To receive credit for attending an Asano-eligible event, you will be asked to fill out the attendance form for the event you attended.

The attendance forms will be included in the event’s listing on our web calendar (either in upcoming events on the homepage or listed on the Past Events page) or on our Canvas page. For larger events, the form may be shared in the Zoom chat or displayed as a QR code.

We suggest that you keep a list of the events you have attended for your own reference. When you list your eight events on Canvas, you will be asked to provide a three-sentence description of each event you attended for credit. All past events are listed on our website to jog your memory.

Please note: Registering for Asano is regarded as implicit agreement with an honor code system. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that they only request credit for events that they have indeed attended.

Featured image: "Grandpa Came in 1960 on a Student Visa" by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23. Experience more of Zoe's featured artwork here.


Reflection Portfolio Guidelines

To earn the Asano Certificate, you must complete Part 1 (Event Attendance) and Part 2 (Reflection Portfolio) in the Asano Humanities & Health Certificate Submissions Module on Canvas

For Part 2, you are asked to prepare and submit a reflection portfolio of four (4) reflections in response to four (4) different Jefferson Humanities & Health events that you attended. For each reflection, you will have a choice of five possible prompts.

Students earning the Asano Certificate as credit for JMD 153/252 will also need to complete, in addition to the portfolio of four reflections, a reflection assignment required for all humanities selectives. This assignment will be administered using ExamSoft. Further instructions will be emailed to all Asano registrants; visit the Asano module of the JMD 153/252 Canvas course page for more information about this requirement.

Explore the guidelines for completing the reflection portfolio to learn more about the prompt options, the word limit requirement, the format, and more. Also, see below for exemplary reflection responses.


Reflection Examples

Explore exemplary reflections written by past Asano certificate recipients, organized by the five prompt options.

Make a Creative Piece 
Featuring writing and creative works by Ayano Endo, Victoria Coaxum, Iman Soliman, Lauren Thaete, and Stanley Szeto.

Who Decides What's Best?
Featuring reflections by David Bales, Reilly Scott, Dunia Tonob, and Madeleine Kilimnik.

Three Words
Featuring reflections by Brigitte Anderson, Brianna Kunes, Andrew Jordan, and Emily Huang.

Agree or Disagree
Featuring reflections by Kelly Garrigan, Lyena Birkenstock, and Nellie Shields.

What?/So What?/Now What?
Featuring reflections by Beverly Anaele, Sai Mupparaju, Amy Baumgart, and two anonymous reflectors.


Questions?

Reach out to Matilda Ostow, Humanities Program Coordinator, at Matilda.Ostow@jefferson.edu.


Featured art by Zoe Wong, SKMC '23. See more of Zoe's work here.