Designed for medical educators and faculty, students, physicians, and leaders in academic medicine.
OVERVIEW AND BENEFITS
The first two decades of 21st-century medicine have witnessed significant transformation in health care delivery, marked health disparities, civil unrest, unprecedented rates of physician burnout and suicide, and unforeseen public health crises in the forms of the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic. Physicians must be adaptive life-long learners who can effectively respond to these and future challenges. Physicians must learn to interweave their developing scientific knowledge with emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills, and an understanding of social context. The integration of the arts and humanities into medicine and medical education is essential to educating a physician workforce that can effectively contribute to optimal health care outcomes for patients and communities.
This publication does the following:
- Reviews the historic and current state of arts and humanities integration into medical education, considers curriculum and assessment methods, and provides guidance on the research and change in culture necessary for effective integration.
- Presents recommendations for integrating arts and humanities into medical education.
- Presents findings from a review of the literature on arts and humanities integration and an emerging theory of practice to support arts and humanities curriculum development.
- Reviews factors supporting the growth of arts and humanities integration and strategies to overcome barriers.
- Features examples of programs designed to achieve important learning outcomes, including narrative, improvisation, visual arts, music, theater arts, and the study of history.
This report was published as part of the AAMC FRAHME initiative.
This report was published as part of the AAMC FRAHME (Fundamental Role of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education) initiative. Learn more about FRAHME and find related resources, including a digital Getting Started Guide for medical educators.
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