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The humanities in medical education: context, outcomes and structures
  1. Jane Macnaughton
  1. University of Durham, Durham


    There is now a context for teaching humanities in undergraduate medical education via special study modules (SSMs). This paper discusses the instrumental and non-instrumental role of the humanities in the education of doctors. Three courses are then described and compared. The most successful of the three is a SSM which had the following characteristics: it was voluntary, it was an integral part of the curriculum, and it was examinable.

    • medical education
    • humanities
    • evaluation

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    • Jane Macnaughton, MA, MBChB, MRCGP, PhD, is Director of the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM), University of Durham, Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB.