Registration is now open for the workshop on Medical Humanities and the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum. Please contact the organiser Ian Sabroe with your full details if you would like to attend. Please also indicate if you would like to bring a student to participate. The aim is for the day to be free to attend, but travel to Sheffield University is at attendees’ own cost.

Workshop Objectives

  • To understand what medical students think would be useful learning and the questions they would wish to address and study
  • To explore what medical humanities as a subject can contribute to the life, development and learning of medical undergraduates
  • To explore which aspects of a medical curriculum relate to or belong to the field of medical humanities, ranging from/including the history of medicine, ethics, narrative, uncertainty, domains of justice, social accountability, social determinants of health, resilience, and personal development
  • To examine how further study and research into medical humanities can be included in the undergraduate curriculum, through student-selected component teaching, intercalated taught courses (BSc/MA) and intercalated research courses (BMedSci/MA)

Provisional timetable

9.00 – 9.30 Registration, coffee

Opening session: what and why?

9.30 – 9.45 Introduction to the day and to each other

9.45 – 10.15 Medical student perspectives: what do we want to learn and study?

10.15 – 10.45 Examples of practice in teaching (submissions from attendees)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

11.15 – 12.15 Group debate: what areas of existing curricula are medical humanities, what areas does medical humanities speak to, and what areas could be included in the support of medical humanities learning?

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch

Session two: learning or personal development?

1.15 – 1.45 Medical student perspectives: medical humanities and personal development

1.45 – 2.15 Sharing practice in personal development (submissions from attendees)

2.15 – 2.45 Group discussion on medical humanities, learning and development

2.45 – 3.15 Coffee

Session three: Research

3.15 – 3.45 Examples of research in medical humanities conducted by students

3.45 – 4.15 Discussion of medical humanities and research

4.15 – 4.30 Conclusions

Ian Sabroe, Professor of Inflammation Biology, University of Sheffield

Co-Director, Medical Humanities Sheffield



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