Medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field that includes the humanities, social science, and the arts and their application to medical education and practice. Literature (first person physician/patient narratives, memoirs, and fiction) and the arts (film, theater, visual arts) can serve to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection that are essential for humane and effective medical care. Thus, incorporating a study of medical humanities into medical education can help medical students and physicians improve their clinical skills.