Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine

Faculty Development

Humanism & Professionalism

October 2012 to June 2013

We have initiated a special professional development opportunity focused on promoting humanism and professionalism among clinical educators in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. We are part of a consortium of 19 medical schools that have each implemented a year-long faculty development program entitled, “Faculty Development to Foster Humanism and Professionalism.” This program at UAlberta is being led by Dr. Carol Hodgson, J. Allan Gilbert, chair in Medical Education, and Dr. Pamela Brett-MacLean, director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program. This program builds on a pilot study completed by Dr. William Branch and his colleagues at Emory School of Medicine (see article published in Academic Medicine, 84, pp. 117-126 in 2009 ). Sessions run twice-monthly from mid-October 2012 through June 2013. Supported by Dr. D. Douglas Miller, dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, this initiative is consistent with the faculty’s mission to foster excellence in education by providing expertise and innovation in educator development.

Narrative Reflective Practice Journal Club

January to June 2013

We are introducing a “journal club,” which is focused on narrative reflective practice as a pilot initiative. A maximum of six faculty participants from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta have been recruited to participate. Initially, articles reviewed within the group will be selected by the co-researchers leading to the group (both of whom are experienced in NRP and narrative inquiry pedagogies). Participants will suggest review papers/articles for future meetings. Throughout the period, participants will be facilitated in their narrative reflective practice (NRP) process. The NRP journal club will meet monthly over a six-month period.

Hippocrates Café


Our Hippocrates Café roundtable series, sponsored by the AHHM Program, offers a drop-in, networking forum for faculty, residents and students to share arts and humanities-related ideas and innovations in medical education. This series is focused on profiling faculty, resident and student interests and activities that are concerned with arts and humanities, humanism and professionalism, caring and compassion, within the field of medicine.

Our first speaker, Dr. Debbi Andrews (Deptartment. of Pediatrics) will address the topic of “Injecting Humanity into Small Group Problem-based Learning: A simple, painless strategy for broadening the discussion” - Date/ Time: TBD.

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