Employing Humanities to Re-engage and Sustain Medical Students: A CMPH Pilot

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Studying medicine is a challenging experience for many students: the acquisition of knowledge is relentless, combined with a necessity to develop technical competence, as well as personal qualities such as wisdom, empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, skilled observation, and emotional resilience. Given these learning demands, alongside frequent exposure to illness, pain and death, it should come of little surprise that Australian medical students, as well as their qualified counterparts, are burnt-out, more likely to experience psychological distress and suicidal thoughts than the general community, and are drinking too much alcohol (beyondblue, 2013). This presentation will describe the trial introduction of a Medical Humanities elective in the Flinders MD to support students’ deep reflection, critique, and consideration of the ‘art of medicine’ from multiple perspectives, in order to personally flourish in their course and careers.
Period1 Nov 2018
Event titleFlinders University Learning and Teaching Week 2018
Event typeOther
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Degree of RecognitionLocal