Reaching people through medical humanities: An initiative

Article (PDF Available)inJournal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions 8:5 · May 2011with25 Reads
DOI: 10.3352/jeehp.2011.8.5 · Source: PubMed

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    • "In the former, even ministers of health and other regulative heath authorities have little understanding of the role the social sciences and humanities might play in the amplification of epistemologies regarding issues of health and illness. In India, for example, the debate is relatively nascent, with a few special interest groups engaged in its incorporation.[12][13][14][15]⁠ Meanwhile, in Colombia serious efforts are both recent and challenging. "
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    • "Till now, we have invited a yogic proponent, a fearless rationalist, a linguist, noted journalist, and a visually impaired role model. [2,3] Ours was the first medical institution in India to start an MH course. [4,5] Over the years, we realized that a multipronged approach is needed to achieve the vision of inculcating compassion among medical students. "
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    • "Medical humanities based programmes are common in the medical schools of United States, Australia and Europe either as a part of the curriculum or as a voluntary module710. However, the concept of medical humanities is relatively new to Asia. "
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