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Health Humanities in Post-Graduate Medical Education
Peterkin, Allan D. and Anna Skorzewska (Eds)
Oxford University Press / Softcover / 2018-08-01 / 0190849908
Medicine: General Medicine / Toronto Authors
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• Explains how incorporating the teaching of arts and humanities into medical residency enhances the field of healthcare for both doctors and patients
• Contributions from experts in many different subjects outside of the medical discipline offer a fresh perspective
• Practical and easy-to-follow teaching guides are suitable for those who are new to arts and humanities teaching, as well as those who are experienced in the field
• Integrates chapters on a wide variety of disciplines such as film, literature, theatre, bioethics, visual arts, history, and the social sciences

Most medical schools in the US, Canada and UK now incorporate some form of arts and humanities-based teaching into their curricula. What happens in residency is another story. Most postgraduate programs do not continue the thread of such teaching although many residents would like to deepen their understanding of the medical humanities before they move into practice. The humanities emphasize "the human side of medicine", and can provide a counterpoint to the reductionism of evidence-based medicine and technological hubris for young doctors as they apply new knowledge and skills in ambiguous, real-life encounters with patients who are living with complicated health problems.

Humanities-based education can help both sides of the relationship: programs are shown to reduce burnout and mental health issues in young physicians, and can also help learning practitioners grapple with the most difficult aspects of their craft: how does one persuade patients on a course of treatment, while respecting informed consent? How does one work with families? How does one listen to and treat patients exhibiting self-harm tendencies? Available research may demonstrate the efficacy of such exposures, but provide little practical advice or resources for setting up programs across specialty and sub-specialty disciplines.

Health Humanities in Post-Graduate Medical Education will fill this gap in knowledge translation for the thousands of residency programs worldwide, allowing educators, supervisors, and residents themselves to create robust and educationally sound workshops, seminars, study groups, lecture series, research and arts-based projects, publications and events.

Table of Contents:

Dedication & Acknowledgements

Arno K. Kumagai


1. Why Are the Health Humanities Relevant (and Vital) in Postgraduate Medical Education?
Allan Peterkin and Anna Skorzewska

2. Redirecting the clinical Gaze: Film as a Tool of Critical Reflection in Residency Training
Elysse Leonard and Michael Tau

3. Narrative Medicine in Postgraduate Medical Education: Practices, Principles, Paradoxes
Shannon Arntfield and Kathryn Hynes

4. Learning on the Job: Ethics in Postgraduate Medical Education
Chryssa McAlister, Mona Gypta, Carrie Bernard, Neda Ghiam, and Philip C. Hebert

5. The Visible Curriculum
Shelley Wall and Eva-Marie Stern

6. Teaching the Social Sciences in Residency
Zach Feilchenfeld, Ayelet Kupur, Farah Friesen, Amanda Chen, and Cynthia Whitehead

7. The Use of Theatre With Medical Residents: An Embodied Approach to Learning About Self and Other
L. J. Nelles, Peggy Hamilton, Paul Robert D'Allesandro, Sonia Anne Butterworth, Gerri Frager, Jeremy Rezmovitz, Lue Gao, Suvendrini Lena, and Anna Skorzewska

8. Inter-Professional Education
Sylvia Langlois and Karen Gold

9. Teaching History of Medicine/Healthcare
Edward Shorter

10. Difficult Conversations: Evaluating the Medical Humanities
Martina Kelly

11. How to Fund and Promote Arts-Based Initiatives in Postgraduate Medical Education
Robert Pierre Tomas

Craig Irvine

Suggested Readings and Resources

About the Editors:

Allan Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities and serves as Humanities Faculty Lead for undergraduate medical education and post-MD studies. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children, including Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School.

Anna Skorzewska is a psychiatrist and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She runs a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and teaches extensively in both postgraduate and continuing professional development. She has an interest in the use of the arts and humanities in clinical practice and in medical education. She started a film program for psychiatric inpatients in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been the executive producer of a documentary film portrait of a psychiatric inpatient ward that was part of the official selection of The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.


Shannon Arntfield, MSc, MD, FRSCS
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Western University
London Health Sciences Center
London, Ontario, Canada

Susan Belanger
History of Medicine Program
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Carrie Bernard, MD, MPH, CCFP, FCPC
Associate Program Director, Curriculum and Remediation
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sonia Anne Butterworth, MD, FRCSC
Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Pediatric General Surgery
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amanda Chen, BSc (Hons)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paul Robert D'Alessandro, MD, MSc
Paediatrics Resident
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Zac Feilchenfeld, MD, MHPE
Clinical Associate, Division of General Internal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gerri Frager, MD, FRCPC
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Farah Friesen, MI
Education Knowledge Broker and Program Coordinator
Centre for Faculty Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lu Gao, MD
Resident in Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Neda Ghaim MD MHSc
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Karen Gold, BEd, MSW, PhD, RSW
Interprofessional Education Lead
Women's College Hospital
Affiliated Scientist
Centre for Ambulatory Care Education
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mona Gupta, MD, CM, FRCPC, PhD, CRCHUM
Centre l'Hospitalier de l'Université Montréal (CHUM)
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Montréal
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Peggy Hamilton, BSc
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, MN

Philip C. Hébert, MD, PhD, FCFPC
Professor Emeritus
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Joint Centre for Bioethics
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kathryn Hynes
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada

Craig Irvine, PhD
Director of the Masters Program in Narrative Medicine
Director of Education of the Program in Narrative Medicine
Columbia University
New York, New York, Untied States

Martina Kelly, MA, MbBCh, MICGP, FRCGP, CCFP
Associate Professor, Director Undergraduate Family Medicine
Department of Undergraduate Family Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arno K. Kumagi
Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Medicine
F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education
Women's College Hospital
University of Toronto

Ayelet Kuper, MD, DPhil
Scientist and Associate Director
Wilson Centre for Research in Education
University Health Network
Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Associate Professor and Co-Lead for Person-Centred Care Education
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Suvendrini Lena, MD, MPH, FRCPC, CSCN (EEG)
Staff neurologist, Geriatric mental health
Centre for addiction and mental health
Clinical association centre for headache Women's College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sylvia Langlois MSc, OT Reg. (ON)
Faculty Lead IPE Curriculum and Scholarship
Centre for Interprofessional Education
Assistant Professor
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Elysse Leonard, BSc, MA
Film Educator-in-residence
Health, Arts, & Humanities Program
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chryssa McAlister, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
University of Toronto
McMaster University
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

L. J. Nelles, MFA, PhD (c)
Educator, Geriatric Psychiatry
Reitman Centre, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Voice and text teacher, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts
York University Department of Theatre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Allan Peterkin, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jeremy Rezmovitz, MD
Family Medicine Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Edward Shorter, PhD
History of Medicine Program,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anna Skorzewska, MA, MD, FRCPC
Director of the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
University Health Network
Toronto General Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Eva-Marie Stern, MA, RP
Art Psychotherapist, Trauma Therapy Program
Women's College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Tau
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert Pierre Tomas, CFRE, MInstF (Adv. Dip.)
National Director of Philanthropy and Communications
NYO Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Shelley Wall, AOCAD, MScBMC, PhD, CMI
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications Program
Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cynthia Whitehead, MD, PhD
Scientist and Director, Wilson Centre for Research in Education
University Health Network
Vice-President Education and practicing family physician
Women's College Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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