Summary:

The Doctor as a Humanist, is an academic, humanistic and International project whose purpose is to promote the medical humanities among students, young doctors and healthcare professionals in order to return the heart and soul to medical sciences.

Article:

It is a well-known fact that nowadays throughout the world undergraduate education tends to focus on imparting biomedical knowledge with, at times, scarce reference to the human aspects of clinical medicine. This is problematic for medicine is both about people and practiced by people. We, as students, very often have minimal exposure to the humanities, prior to, and in medical school, and are frequently unaware of the societal trends that impact the view of medical practice.

Online Course:  There is no doubt that medical education requires professional values to be made explicit, with a necessity to contributing to the discourses of emotions and compassion in healthcare by exploring ways to cultivate an increasingly humanistic view of the medical profession in us as in future doctors. It is through the online course that we are seeking to re-focus these so-called "hard" skills by promoting international cooperation and participation.

 

International Symposium: All these urgent questions were widely discussed during the 2nd “The Doctor as a Humanist” international symposium, which was held at Sechenov University in Moscow, Russia from 1st to 3rd  April 2019. The event united experts from Medicine and the Humanities. The speakers (doctors, academics, nurses and students) were from all around the world, from the USA, the UK, Spain, Italy, Mexico and more. The program was divided into three main topics: The Future of Medical Humanities, Medicine and the Senses and Medicine and Caring, and each day’s program was intense and diverse. It included plenary lectures, panel sessions and roundtable discussions between interested parties. Besides, there was a significant part dedicated to the students where we had a great chance to introduce our projects, share our opinions on different topics, and discuss the questions connected with the role of the humanities in medicine. Also, we participated in the roundtables, which were held under the leaderships of famous experts from different countries. It was exciting and, at the same time, very important for us as students, to be a part of it, for as Professor Trevor Gibbs (AMEE) noted “You {the students} will be the doctors of our children and grandchildren”.

 

Personal Experience: From a personal point of view, The Doctor as a Humanist has changed the lives of many of us involved by helping to restore the hope and passion that a doctor needs to feel to change the world; one patient at a time.

 

Conclusion: The Doctor as a Humanist represents a young and motivated vision about the importance of the humanities in medicine. We must not lose sight of the fact that medicine is both an art and a science, centered on the human being.