Health Humanities Learning Objectives for Students


Through the process of introducing medical students to the growing field of medical/health humanities, learners will be able to explore interdisciplinary and arts-based perspectives through discussion of literary, philosophical, cinematic, theatrical, and visual texts, in order to meet the following learning objectives:

  1. To enhance sensitivity and foster appreciation of different cultural, social, aesthetic and historical understandings of health, illness, disability, human suffering and resilience. -> advocate 2.3, professional 1.8
  2. To develop enhanced observational skills, narrative competence, critical thinking and reflective capacity in order to foster humility, empathy and tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity in medicine. -> communicator 1.1, professional 1.1
  3. To enhance perspective-taking through analysis of personal biases, judgments and blind spots while affirming personal values and respect for the views of others. -> professional 4.3, communicator 1.3, collaborator 1.3
  4. To demonstrate a commitment to personal health, wellbeing and renewal through creative and reflective practice and the cultivation of mindfulness and self-awareness. -> professional 4.1, 4.3
  5. To stimulate reflection on one’s experiences in medical education over time using critical and theoretical lenses proper to the humanities. -> scholar 2.1, communicator 3.1, professional 4.1
  6. To use the lens of the humanities to enhance critical reflection on structural inequities and injustices, both within the health care system and society at large. -> advocate 2.3, professional 1.8, scholar 2.1, communicator 3.1, collaborator 1.3.