The Department of Public Health and Primary Care is setting up a new medical humanities working group. This aims to explore and utilise the relevance of the arts and humanities to medical education.
Dr Anne Swift (Director, Improving Health teaching) Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Head, Applied Social Science group at the Primary Care Unit) and Dr Richard Darnton (Director, GP Studies) are looking to recruit both preclinical and clinical medical students interested in helping develop initiatives in this field, including curricular innovations.
The first output may be working with college film societies in order to create a series of showings of films that explore themes relevant to medicine, where each film is followed by roundtable discussion hosted by clinicians and arts enthusiasts/experts. Medium term goals are likely to include development of student selected modules related to medical humanities.
The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.”
– William Osler
Interested students are advised to email Charlotte Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org