Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. August 2014

This month in Virtual Mentor

The Humanities in Medical Education

Before 1911, physicians had as much (or as little) education in the humanities as anyone else. Then the famous Flexner Report called for a lab- and clinic-heavy curriculum for physician training. Sixty-plus years later, George Engel advocated a “biopsychosocial” model, recommending that the psychological and social contributors to illness be addressed in medical school. Soon, ethics and professionalism became part of the formal curriculum. Back to the future? Educators are now recommending that the humanities be part of every physician’s education. Contributors to the August issue of Virtual Mentor explain what “medical humanities” comprises and argue that medical education is incomplete without it.

Upcoming Issues

September Physicians as Agents of Social Change

October Ethics in Reproductive Care

November Medicine’s Role in Validating Sexual Norms

December Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession