Global perspectives and approaches to teaching humanities in clinical curricula

Date:                    Sunday 25th August

Half Day:              1330-1630

Level:                    All


  1. Alan Bleakley, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Plymouth, UK
  2. Quentin Eichbaum, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA
  3. Flora Smyth Zahra, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London, UK
  4. Ming-Jung Ho. Department of Medical Education & Bioethics, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
  5. Rajendra Badwe,Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India

Summary of theme and why it is important:  The reintroduction of humanities epistemologies in clinical curricula has been gaining traction in recent years. However, the voices of researchers and educators in non-western medical education contexts have often been marginalised in the international academic discourse. This workshop will examine perspectives and approaches to teaching humanities in various global contexts.
The workshop will begin with a keynote address by Professor Alan Bleakley author of many Medical Humanities publications on the Western canon, followed by four presentations covering; the pedagogical rationale for including humanities content in clinical curricula and three different global perspectives from Africa, India and Taiwan/SE Asia. We will then have roundtable discussions focussed on these regional contexts. This will be followed by an open discourse to share experiences from the various global regions. The outcome of the workshop will be a draft document on the workshop proceedings possibly leading to publication.
The topic is important because incorporating Humanities approaches is gaining traction in health professional schools around the world but the humanities in formerly colonized regions often remain tethered to the Western canon. Insufficient work has been done to date to identify and define the cultural specificities in these regions to render them contextually relevant and more intrinsically interesting to local students and trainees.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop? 

What will they gain from participating? 

  • An understanding of current approaches to teaching humanities in both the West and in formerly colonized regions of the world.
  • An appreciation of the importance of identifying and defining local contexts while sustaining shared humanistic values.
  • Participation in developing a document/publication of shared understanding on the proceedings of the workshop.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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