How are the medical humanities incorporated into undergraduate medical education?
Mr Laith EvansPadlet
The medical humanities influence on medical practice is growing. I have investigated how the medical humanities are included within the undergraduate curricula of two UK medical schools and as intercalated degrees.
I conducted a literature search to highlight the benefits of the medical humanities in medical education which identified published journal articles and books. I have used case studies to exemplify how the medical humanities are currently being included in undergraduate curricula. Using the sources identified in my literature search I was then able to show the benefits and drawbacks of each case study’s curriculum. I also look at intercalating within the medical humanities and what benefits this offers undergraduate students.
Literature advocates for the inclusion of the medical humanities in undergraduate curricula to humanise future doctors and improve their compassion and empathy skills. The case studies show that UK medical schools are not teaching the medical humanities extensively with only individuals who have a particular interest opting to study them. Intercalated degrees suffer from the same issue. Greater incorporation of the medical humanities could be achieved by establishment of specific medical humanities faculties at institutions. Greater inclusion would result in increased awareness of its benefit and greater uptake.