The Art of Medicine: Training Future Doctors in Medical Humanities

Through recent changes in the medical field, steps have been taken to revise a system that overemphasizes objectivity for the sake of “efficiency”. Medical students are trained in a way that limits their creativity and emotional development, resulting in doctors who are technically skilled but lack an understanding of developing rapport through interpersonal communication. The “Medical Humanities” however, bridge this gap. The Medical Humanities focus on teaching skills through art and the social sciences, which help address the inherently subjective – but often overlooked - aspect of medicine. Ambiguity is typically not accounted for in the medical field, and therefore doctors do not know how to properly relieve situations of emotional or psychological tension; doing so, however, has shown marked improvements in patient outcome and physician satisfaction. Incorporation of arts and humanities into the curriculum for medical school students aims at preventing burnout, improving patient-physician communication, and facilitating treatment intervention strategies in a way that the current medical model lacks.
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