Students and others associated with the AHHM program are involved in research and scholarship directed to enhancing humanism through the medical/ health humanities.

Summer Studentships

Student contributions have been integral to the success of the AHHM program. The AHHM program is committed to helping students realize their hopes and dreams for medicine, in support of a better future for all of us. In addition to supporting their idealism, and identity formation as committed and caring practitioners, summer studentships also provide important opportunities for scholarship. Recent summer student projects include: 1) development of a customized approach to M/HH “curriculum mapping” (Brenda Lam, Med 2020; Zacnicte May, Med 2021), and 2) exploration of “visual pedagogy” in support of individual and collaborative learning in medical school to enhance understanding, reasoning ability, and communication with colleagues, learners, patients, and the public (Peter Holmes, Med 2022). Outcomes of these projects often lead to the introduction of curricular innovations in the FoMD’s health professions education programs. 

During the summer of 2020, students who were awarded MD Program and AHHM summer studentships associated with the medical/ health humanities included:

  • Teresa Chen (Med 2023)
  • Jamie Grunwald (Med 2023)
  • Jonathan Lee (Med 2022) 
  • Cynthia Nguyen (Med 2022)
  • Shan Wang (Med 2022) 
  • Yesmine Elloumi (20??)
  • Steph Dalmer (Med 2023)

Recent Publications

A Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Alberta: Reflections on Possibilities for Medical Humanities in China.
Wei L, Goez H, Hillier T, & Brett-MacLean P. (in press). MedEDPublish.

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Building Dialogues Between Medical Students and Autistic Patients: Reflections on the MD Program’s Patient Immersion Experience.
Casey S, Watts A, Frost M, Kedmy A, & Brett-MacLean P. (2020). 

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The DISCuSS odel: Creating Connections Between Community and Curriculum - A New Lens for Curricular Development in Support of Social Accountability.

Goez H, Lai H, Rodger J, Brett-MacLean P, & Hillier T. (2020). 
Medical Teacher,

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Art-Medicine Collaborative Practice: Transforming the Experience of Head & Neck Cancer
Brett-MacLean, P., & McTavish, L. (Eds.). (2019).
Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.

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Medical Humanities in Canadian Medical Schools: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities.

Peterkin A, Beausoleil N, Kidd M, Orang B, Noroozi H, & Brett-MacLean P. (2019). In A. Bleakley (Ed.),
Routledge handbook of the medical humanities. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Recent Presentations

Art+Medicine Collaborative Practice 
Brett-MacLean P, & McTavish, L. (2020, Jun 25).

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Living Stories: An Arts-Based, Relational Research Framework
Brett-MacLean P, & Yoon, MN. (2019, Nov 21).

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Other Scholarly Work

2020 Living Stories
Founded by Minn N. Yoon & Pamela Brett-MacLean

InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities International Exhibition
Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery, University of Alberta, May 14 - June 8, 2013)
Curated by Bonnie Sadler Takach, Pamela Brett-MacLean, & Aidan Rowe

2012 InSight Exhibition: Visualizing the Health Humanities
Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery, University of Alberta, May 15 – June 9, 2012)
Curated by Bonnie Sadler Takach, Pamela Brett-MacLean, & Aidan Rowe