Rembrandt (1632). The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp – Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Nowadays, as Medicine and life in general are becoming more and more technology-oriented, we aim to bring back a humanistic perspective to Medical Education. Our aim is to contribute to making medical education and, as a consequence, the medical profession more humane and humanistic.

In a recent book on Medical Humanities (Cole et al., 2015), the authors explain how the humanities can contribute to “cultivating personality, intellectual curiosity, emotional honesty, social awareness, and the exercise of sound judgement and moral imagination – virtues and skills indispensable to good doctoring”.

Likewise, our global project aims to reintroduce this humanistic vision to medical education, and thus to counteract the ever-increasing over-dependence on technology. It hopes to teach future medical doctors that a balance between the “scientific” and the “humanistic” is essential for their future medical careers. They will be treating humans and thus need to know as many aspects as possible of what it means to be human in the twenty first century. This project believes that the teaching of works of literature will help them towards this goal.

Our first step towards this goal is the organisation of an International Symposium,  which will be held the 13th and 14th of October 2017 at COMIB, Palma de Mallorca.

The aim of the symposium, which is embedded in a wider pedagogic project, is to further develop ways to include the humanities in the medical curriculum and to hopefully begin the design of a more established curriculum element (e.g. a student selected component or an intercalated degree) to be implemented and evaluated in the next Project Phase.



  • Cole TR, Carlin NS, Carson RA. (2015). Medical Humanities: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.