Jonathan McFarland -
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.