IDEAS Office - Innovation Discovery Education And Scholarship

Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD


Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Office


Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD is widely recognized for her early as well as her ongoing contributions which have promoted the expansion, and continue to support the growth of the medical/ health humanities in Canada. As director of the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine (AHHM) program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, she has been involved in a wide range of innovative research, teaching and learning initiatives informed by relational, arts-based and reflective approaches. Pamela has widely presented on her work, and has authored numerous articles and texts relevant to arts and humanities in medical education. With Allan Peterkin, she co-founded the Canadian medical humanities meeting “Creating Space,” organized in advance of the Canadian Conference for Medical Education, serving as Conference Co-Chair in 2011 (Toronto) and 2012 (Banff).

In 2018, in collaboration with Allan Peterkin and Barbara Sibbald (CMAJ Humanities Editor) she helped to establish the Canadian Association for Health Humanities. In 2012-13, she co-led InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities an international exhibition and symposium at the University of Alberta with Bonnie Sadler Takach and Aidan Rowe ( She is currently contributing to planning a plenary focused on arts and humanities in medical education at the CCME meeting in 2020 in Vancouver BC (Academic Theme: “Weaving Humanism into the Fabric of Medical Education”). Within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, she contributes to various faculty and departmental committees and supervises graduate students.