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Why Are the Health Humanities Relevant (and Vital) in Postgraduate Medical Education? 

Why Are the Health Humanities Relevant (and Vital) in Postgraduate Medical Education?
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Why Are the Health Humanities Relevant (and Vital) in Postgraduate Medical Education?
Author(s):

Anna Skorzewska

and Allan D. Peterkin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190849900.003.0001
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date: 26 February 2021

This introductory chapter provides a short history of medical humanities and continues on to give an overview of the limits of medical practice, evidence-based medicine (EBM), successes and failures, curricula, and the current state of medical humanities. The medical and health humanities have become a widespread discipline, with journals, institutes, and associations worldwide. Throughout undergraduate medical education, new courses, electives, programs, and research are proliferating. Yet there is very little officially documented about relevance and efficacy in postgraduate medical education. The chapters that follow provide both a rigorous argument for using the arts and humanities in postgraduate medical education and a practical “how-to” that will guide readers in developing arts and humanities initiatives in their own program or medical school. Each chapter provides ideas, hands-on lesson plans, and resources to pave the way forward.

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