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Welcome to the MedEdWorld Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This section of MedEdWorld  provides a facility for individuals with an interest in a specific aspect of education in the health care professions to engage in discussion and share information and ideas with others with a similar interest. Some groups have open access and others are by invitation only. AMEE members can initiate new SIGs by contacting [email protected] with details of the SIG such as title, description, educational area and the type of access to be permitted (open access or invitation only).

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Humanities A SIG to address the links between medical education and the humanities. This SIG is open to all users with an interest in the topic.
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Jonathan McFarland - 14/10/2019 16:57:02
Welcome to the new SIG on the Humanities
The Medical Humanities is now at a very interesting stage; it is not new and, if journals, associations and conferences are markers of its relevance, then it seems to be reaching some kind of maturity. Indeed, at this year’s AMEE conference in Vienna, there was a whole theme dedicated to it, and the events were well attended and led to an interesting discussion.

In fact, those attending a workshop on the humanities in medical education and practice that I was involved in felt strongly that we should continue the discussion. There was a strong feeling by all involved, whose cultural and professional diversity was a marked strength, that we should organize something more permanent to give us a place to discuss the questions that we had started in the workshop. Thanks then to all those who attended that workshop since the idea for this SIG is yours.

So, I would like to welcome you to this Open SIG and hear ALL your opinions relating to the Humanities in medical education and practice. You can either continue with one thread or if you wish to start a new discussion then open a new thread. Please, however, do not forget to speak your mind, tell us what your ideas or experiences are, and let’s make this the space for lively and fruitful debate on the role of the humanities in healthcare.

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Jen Hartmark-Hill - 09/04/2020 03:43:45
RE:Welcome to the new SIG on the Humanities
Thank you for starting this SIG! I agree, we are experiencing new era for the humanities in medical education, in terms of interest and research. I'm excited to follow the roll out of the three phase plan by the AAMC to support integration into meded:

One of the exciting things we've done recently at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix is launch a four-year Certificate of Distinction in Health Humanities.

We will be accepting our third cohort this summer! Through this paracurricular program, medical students are supported in gaining knowledge, research and leadership skills to apply the humanities as therapeutic tools in patient care and to enhance the meded curriculum.