Symposium Provisional Programme

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An Introduction to the Project on Medical Humanities



8:30 – Registration 

8:45 – Official Opening

Patricia Gomez, Local Health Minister (Balearic Islands)

Dr Macia Tomas (Royal Academy of Medicine, Balearic Islands)

Dr Alfonso Ballesteros (Patronato Científico, COMIB)

Introduction Jonathan McFarland (Sechenov University, Moscow


9:15/10:45 – Medical Education and Humanities

Chair: Dr Joaquim Gea 

(Each speaker – 15 mins)

Professor Wendy Reid (Director of Education, Health Education England) –

The state of medical education in England; can Humanities help?”

Professor Trevor Gibbs (Association Medical Education Europe) –

“From Learning to practice: The importance of effective evaluation”

Professor Manuel Pera (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)–

The “human viewpoint” as a teaching tool to counterbalance the “technological

excess in the training of future physicians. A positive experience”

Dr Lester Liao –“Our story: How worldviews enchant the world of medicine”

  • 10:15/10:45 – DEBATE + DISCUSSION

10:50/11:00 – Video Message – “The View from Siberia 1 –  

Oksana Gavrilyuk (Professor V.F. Voino-Yasenetsky Krasnoyarsk State Medical University Krasnoyarsk, Russia)


11:00/12:45 – Arts and Medicine

Chair – Annalisa Manca  (Each speaker – 15 mins)

Professor Tim Dornan (Queen’s University, Belfast) “Taking people to better places. Music and health

Assoc. Professor Margaret Chisolm (Johns Hopkins University)“Bedside Education in the Art of Medicine”              

Dr Ian Walsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) –“Human Beings Being Human

Dr Satendra Singh (University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi) – “Reviving humanism in Medicine through the ABCDE paradigm”

12:00/12:45 – DEBATE + DISCUSSION

12:50 – Video Message – “The View from Siberia 2

 Dr Ivan Shirinsky (Novosibirsk, Russia) 

13:00 – Working Lunch

13:50 – Video Message – “ Why Medicine needs Poetry

 Dr Danielle Ofri (New York University School of Medicine)


14:00/15:30Literature and Medicine

Chair – Professor Irina Markovina  (Each speaker – 15 mins)

Professor Brian Hurwitz (King’s College, London) – “How a twentieth-century photo-roman speaks to the Health Humanities”

Dr Jacek Mostwin (Johns Hopkins University) – “Ways of living the medical life: physician memoir and biography as a resource for the rest of us”

Dr Sabah Husein (McGill University) “Humanist Medicine in historical perspective: from Ibn Khaldun to Chris Giannon”

Dr Manuela Vianna Boeira (The Federal University of Rio Grande de Sul, Brazil) – “Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Neuroprogression through Virginia Woolf: An overview”

15:00/15:30 – DEBATE + DISCUSSION

16:00 – Committee Round up of the day’s sessions and discussion 

18:00/19:00 – Tour of Palma Cathedral

20:30 Dinner for speakers and organizers


9:00 – Coffee and informal welcome

9:15 – 

Dr Marcos Nadal ( University of the Balearic Islands)

“Reconciling humanities and science: the impact of design features on emotion, behavior and physiology”

9:45/11:45  Hackathon

Can the Humanities transform 21st Century Medicine?

A Hackathon is a term originating from the world of computer   programming, hence the portmanteau formed from “hacker” and “marathon”. However, it is now used in many more fields, and basically it is any event where people come together (probably from different disciplines and with different backgrounds) to come up with solutions to problems/ questions posed.

In our Hackathon, we use the themes that emerged from Friday’s Sessions (Medical Education and Humanities, Arts and Medicine, Literature and Medicine) as the basis for the topics discussed in the groups, which will be made up of plenary speakers, students and symposium attendees.

To some extent, the hackathon will also be aiming to lead the direction of the future The Doctor as a Humanist Project.

11:30 – 12:30 – Groups present their Hackathon Results

12:30/13:15 Brainstorm and debate about The Doctor as a Humanist project

13:15/13:30 – 

– Organizing Committee conclude meeting with opinions and take home messages

– Explain the future proposals for The Doctor as a Humanist Project

13:30/14:00 – CONCERT and APERITIF – Balearic Symphony Orchestra Classical Quintet

Students will be attending from the following Universities

  • Sechenov University, Moscow
  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Krasnoyarsk Medical University, Russia
  • UIB (Universitat de Islas Baleares)

The symposium is OPEN TO EVERYBODY who is interested in learning more about the Medical Humanities

For more information, and if you wish to register (limited numbers), please send a mail to: Jonathan McFarland –


Author: jonmcf

Jonathan McFarland lives in the beautiful town of Soller on the othe side of the mountains of Mallorca with his family and other animals, and in his spare time he loves walking in the mountains, reading, cooking paella and looking after his garden. He is also President of MHAM, Medical Humanities Association of Mallorca. For the last decade He has been dedicated to teaching Medical English to physicians, health professionals and all those working in health. Currently he works in two hospitals in Mallorca, Son Espases University Hospital and Son Llatzer Hospital, as well as teaching in Primary Care and in Public Health. Although not Medically trained, having a BA Hons Degree in English and History, he has always been interested in medicine. Maybe this is due to being around Doctors day in day out or maybe this is because he comes from a strong medical family in Liverpool. Whatever the case he believes that what he is doing is essential for the Spanish Doctors and nurses. Medical English is an enormous field and encompasses many areas: the Doctor - Patient relationship, wherein the doctor often needs to speak and explain to non Spanish speakers, Research - English is the language of Biomedical investigation, and Training - Undergraduate, Postgraduate (Resident Training) and CME (Continuous Medical Education). Jonathan is interested in all of these, but at present is working on two important projects: Resident Training, which is the key to the future, and Clinical Sessions in English, his intitiative and which he has promoted and is currently taking charge of in both Hospitals and in around 24 different departments, ranging from Oncology to Immunology and Traumatology to Microbiology.

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