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  • Fostering the New Revolution in Canadian Clinical Education "A Humanities Toolkit: How to Teach Learners Using Visual Arts, Literary Texts, and Film Clips"Mar 12, 20199:30 am - 11:30 am


UM Bannatyne: Apotex Centre: Room-069

University of Manitoba, 750 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 0T5

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There is a growing body of research that suggests that exposing health professions learners to the humanities (including literature, film, poetry, and visual arts) fosters enhanced critical reflection and empathy in provider-patient encounters.  Furthermore, such exposure celebrates the subjective and emotional facets of learning alongside more conventional scientific/evidence-based approaches.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn approaches to teaching critical reflection and close reading of texts and images;
  • Gain experience and ability to teach these skills;
  • Explore future directions for the integration of humanities competency into medical education.


Visiting Speaker:

Dr. Allan Peterkin

Dr. Peterkin studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and completed residencies in family medicine and psychiatry at McGill.

He now heads the HEALTH, ARTS AND HUMANITIES Program at Mount Sinai Hospital and is the Faculty Humanities Lead for both UNDERGRADUATE MEDICINE AND POST-MD EDUCATION AT the University of Toronto, where he is a full professor of psychiatry and family medicine.

Dr Peterkin is the author of 16 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history, narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including Staying Human during Residency Training (now in its 6th edition). His poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized in the US, Canada and the UK. Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (www.ars-medica.ca) and has been a humanities editor with both the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) and Medical Humanities (BMJ).


Sponsored by: the Alan Klass Medical Humanities Program, The Department of Internal Medicine, and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development.



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Program Coordinator

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    Laurie Driedger
    Faculty Development Coordinator
    Office of Educational and Faculty Development
    S204 Medical Services Building
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Manitoba
    Tel: 204 272-3111
    Fax: 204-272-3169
    Email: Laurie.Driedger@umanitoba.ca