Medicine and Humanities Program at the University of Ottawa
Medicine & Humanities is a new program in the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate medical education (UGME) curriculum. Part of this program is integrated into the regular curriculum, as the arts and humanities contribute significantly to the many roles of the physician. This content is shown in the green part of the diagram below.
However, some students have a keen interest in exploring the arts and humanities more extensively during their UGME experiences. The Medicine & Humanities program has designed a process for students to achieve special recognition for this commitment to the arts and humanities in one of the two following ways:
- Special mention in the Medical School Performance Record (MSPR). This will require a minimum of 100 hours of credit over the 4 years of the curriculum (shown in the central panel of the diagram)
- A ‘Humanities in Medicine’ certificate, which requires a minimum of 125 hours of credit and includes a special project.
Obtaining the hours needed for credits
The document “Obtaining Credits for Participation in the Medicine & Humanities Program” describes the full details.
The form ‘Application for Medicine & Humanities Credits in the MD Program’ must be completed and submitted to the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval by the Medicine & Humanities committee.
In summary, you can obtain credits in the following ways:
- Participate in activities recognized by the Medicine & Humanities program by signing into the activities to keep track of your hours.
e.g. Approved Faculty narrative medicine workshops; Artist-in-Residence activities; activities offered through recognized student interest groups in the Aesculapian Society.
- Choose electives that are based in the arts & humanities. These electives must be approved by Medicine & Humanities committee, and students must supply proof of successful completion. E.g. Elective with Mollypenny, the clown at CHEO; special studies in classics/anthropology/literature
- Submit special requests for approval of activities you feel merit recognition by the Medicine & Humanities Committee. For example, certain Community Service Learning placements, leadership activities and some special interprofessional education activities may be appropriate.
To obtain the certificate, you will also need to complete and present a special project that has been approved by the Medicine & Humanities committee.