We describe a humanities-based, special studies module (SSM) exploring the impact of cancer on the lives of patients, families and professionals. Literature, film, art and drama provide third year medical undergraduates with vicarious experience of all of these perspectives in a format that has proved highly acceptable to students and tutors. The development, delivery, evaluation and evolution of this humanities-based course are described and we highlight some important elements of course organisation that emerged as being integral to its success.
- special study module
- medical undergraduates
- medical education
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Deborah Kirklin is Lecturer in Medical Humanities and Clinical Lecturer in Communication Skills, the Medical Humanities Unit, Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London. Richard Meakin is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Medical Humanities Unit; Surinder Singh is Lecturer in Primary Care, the Medical Humanities Unit, and Margaret Lloyd is Reader in Primary Care, the Medical Humanities Unit.