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Medical Humanities and the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum

January 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Medical Humanities and the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum


Workshop, Sheffield January 24th 2018

Seminar Room 6, University of Sheffield Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10.


  • 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) Lucy Burke, Helen Crimlisk, Giskin Day


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). Nicola Coombs (book club). Gordon Bates, self harm behaviour

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. Lekaa Rambabu, Grace Elliott, Amy Wilson

3.45 – 4.15 Discussion of medical humanities and research

4.15 – 4.30 Conclusions





January 24, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm