DMH, Medical Humanities, Drew University 2006

MA, Health and Humanities, Michigan State University 2002

BA, Biology, William Jewell College 1999

Academic interests

Literature and medicine; empathy in medical education and practice; medicine in film; human sexuality; hope/end-of-life; Central State Hospital and the history of institutionalization in Indiana


Perspectives on Health, Disease and Healing; The Culture of Mental Illness; Medicine in Film; Literature of Addiction; Human Sexuality; Narrative Medicine; Hope and Healthcare


Beckman E, Helft P and Torke A. “The Content of Hope in Ambulatory Patients with Colon Cancer.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Volume 3.2 (2013) 153-164. Gunderman R, Beckman E. “Confidentiality: An Essential Element in Professionalism.” American Journal of Roentgenology, December 2012, pp W683-W685.

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