CFS: Medical Humanities

Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. Medical Humanities aims to encourage a high academic standard for this evolving and developing subject and to enhance professional and public discussion. It features original articles relevant to the delivery of healthcare, the formulation of public health policy, the experience of being ill and of caring for those who are ill, as well as case conferences, educational case studies, book, film, and art reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes. To ensure international relevance Medical Humanities has Editorial Board members from all around the world. Visit the journal’s Web site for further information:


CFP: Narrative, Reflection, Education (Symposium)

Creating Space II: Taking narrative and reflection to the next level in health professional education, research and practice

A special symposium organized in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), sponsored by the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s “Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Medicine” (AHSSM) Educational Interest Group (EIG).

Date: Saturday April 14, 2012 | Location: Banff, Alberta

Abstract (500 word) Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012

We are organizing a one-day symposium on narrative and reflection that will be held on April 14th, 2012 in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME). This symposium has been organized to provide a forum for researchers, educators, and others interested in the role of arts, humanities and social sciences perspectives in health professional education. We are inviting clinical and medical educators, students, practitioners, creative writers and artists, and scholars from different humanities disciplines, to participate in a day-long conversation focused on exploring a diversity of narrative and reflective practices across the continuum of learning, including interprofessional learning. We hope to foster an open space for dialogue regarding theoretical framings and methodologies informing current and best practices, along with opportunities for advancing inquiry in this area by identifying a range of pressing research questions. We will be developing a single-track symposium programme, along with a poster display.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: We are inviting abstract submissions that consider different approaches to narrative and reflection in health professional education that bridge the arts, humanities, and/ or social sciences perspectives and healthcare. Specifically, we are interested in the impact of narrative and reflection, including how different kinds of evidence/ inquiry might bear on questions of the value and contribution of narrative and reflection. We also hope to ignite new creative connections, and possibly collaborations, among participants. We look forward to expanding appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of narrative and arts-based learning, and generating or enhancing a reflective openness in health professional education. Various presentation approaches may be suggested. Individual and panel presentations, and other creative approaches such as reflective dialogues; reflective readings/ performances, etc. may be proposed. Presentations may be described that involve oral and written narratives, visual narratives, audio, and other performative genres. Submissions for poster presentations are also welcome. Abstracts are invited in relation to three broad themes:

1) Innovative pedagogical conceptualizations and strategies that advance understanding of the contributions of narrative (e.g., narrative reasoning);

2) Papers that are conceptually well-grounded and explore theoretical, or ethical, and/ or related research questions regarding the role and contributions of narrative and reflective practice in undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing health professional education.

3) “Best practice” educational initiatives in this area that have been introduced to advance compassion, caring and empathy in healthcare (NB: these will most often be considered in relation to a poster presentation)

We encourage submissions on a diverse range of topics relevant to health professional education, such as:

  • Situating narrative and reflection in health professional education: past and future
  • Evaluating/ assessing current contributions and impact
  • Narrative identity(ies): Personal and professional development
  • Defining “narrative competence” and ; narrative reasoning
  • Impact Patient safety; medical error
  • Exposing the hidden curriculum
  • Narratives of growth and becoming a clinician
  • Developing one’s moral imagination and sense of professionalism through narrative and story
  • Ethics and aesthetics: Bearing witness and responding to another’s narrative
  • Interplay of voice / competing cultural narratives
  • Intertextual/ media tensionalities
  • Transformative readings and imaginings
  • Narrative humility and accountability
  • Limits and pitfalls; constraints – other issues and complexities

Maximum length of abstract: 500 words, not including title, and listed authors. Indicate if you want your submission to be considered: 1) for a paper/ panel/ performance presentation only (specify), or 2) as a poster, or 3) indicate if you are open to considering either presentation format category. Proposals should be of interest to a diverse audience of healthcare educators and scholars, and serve as a departure point for lively discussion. All co-authors listed should have knowledge of the submission. Please include a short biographical statement for the presenting authors (maximum 100 words). One author should be identified as the corresponding author. All communication regarding the submission will be directed to the identified corresponding author.

Please submit your abstract in a Microsoft Word document by email attachment to Pamela Brett-MacLean and Tom Rosenal at:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE/ REVIEW: The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15th, 2012. Abstracts will be considered in relation to fit and contribution (e.g., addresses at least one of the symposium themes, contributes well to the overall programme; substantive contribution to education, practice ore related research involving narrative &/ or reflection); as well as quality (organization and coherence). We anticipate completing our review of the submissions by the end of January, with a decision communicated to the corresponding author by early February regarding the outcome of the review process (i.e., if the abstract has been accepted as a paper or poster, or if their submission has not been included in this year’s programme). The conference programme will be posted online by mid- to late-February on the AHSSM EIG website at<> (which is currently under construction).

CFS: J Medical Humanities

Journal of Medical Humanities | Editor: T. Jones

Journal of Medical Humanities publishes original papers reflecting its broad perspective on interdisciplinary studies of medicine and medical education. Research findings emerge from three areas of investigation: medical humanities, cultural studies, and pedagogy. Medical humanities coverage includes literature, history, philosophy, and bioethics as well as areas of the social and behavioral sciences that have strong humanistic traditions. Inquiries based on cultural studies may include multidisciplinary activities involving the humanities; women’s, African-American, and other critical studies; media studies and popular culture; and sociology and anthropology. Lastly, pedagogical perspectives elucidate what and how knowledge is made and valued in medicine, how that knowledge is expressed and transmitted, and the ideological basis of medical education.

Further information at:

CFP: Medical Humanities Conference (Ireland)

CFP – 2012 Asociation for Medical Humanities Conference – ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’ – University College Cork, July 9-11

The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the historic development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it. Themes may include:

  • Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.
  • Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)
  • The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice
  • The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms
  • Alternative therapies
  • Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity
  • Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA
  • Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.
  • Medicine in war
  • Patient as consumer: private medical care
  • Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries

Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers by January 31, 2012. Suggestions for panels are also welcomed. Conference Organising Committee: Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.

CFP: Medical Humanities Conference (Pennsylvania)

Call for Proposals – Medical Humanities Consortium 10th Annual Meeting — Submission deadline: December 20, 2011

Under Construction: Hospitals, Healthcare, and the Medical Humanities, May 15-16, 2012, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Constructing buildings, designing spaces, structuring systems, decorating rooms, adorning walls, (re)forming policy, altering practices—these are the actions inspiring the 10th annual meeting of the MHC. We invite participants to think broadly and metaphorically about these action words and about spaces in which care is provided, and to submit proposals for meeting presentations. From 2000 – 2009, the CHP undertook the design and construction of a new hospital building. Reimagining the space of the hospital, plans included multiple innovations appealing to the five senses, mind, and spirit to make delivery of healthcare to pediatric patients more humane and less distressing. Aspects of CHP’s building and services are designed to use art, music, particular scents, quiet space, and gardens—all to make provision of healthcare better for children and those who care for them. During the 2012 MHC meeting, tours and talks will reveal some of these features. Presentations are especially invited that focus on the use of music, art, story, and sensory stimulation in clinical spaces, or that build on the concepts of space, structure, and design.

How might we reimagine medical practices? How is healthcare designed and structured to work or not to work? How might we (re)form whole systems or daily practices? How do hospitals look, sound, and feel to youngsters? To our elderly or disabled community members? To medical students or experienced clinicians? What would a “Steve Jobs aesthetic” applied in healthcare look like? How can society create safe, healthy spaces, or administrators structure settings to improve communication? Does lack of time trump problems of space and place within medicine? Historically, how have hospital structures been designed to “keep people in their place?”

To submit a proposal for the meeting, complete the form on the next page and email it, along with your one-page presentation proposal/abstract (attached in Word or as a pdf), by December 20, 2011, to Janet Malis:

Presentations should be 10-15 minutes and prompt discussion. Panels and performances may span 60-75 minutes. Submissions from students at all levels and from all relevant disciplines are especially encouraged. Interdisciplinary work is welcome. All presenters must register for the conference; registration will open in January 2012. Consult the meeting website for up-to-date information:  For additional information, contact meeting co-chairs: Lisa S. Parker  or Valerie Satkoske .

CFS: Integration of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education

The Journal for Learning through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities (JLTA) is publishing a special issue on Innovations in the Integration of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education, to appear spring, 2012. A similar issue was published in 2006, which included contributions from Catherine Belling, Gretchen Case, Dorothy Lander and John Graham-Pole, Pamela Schaff, Howard Stein, Caroline Wellbery, Delese Wear and Joseph Zarconi, received thousands of downloads and was very well-received:;volume=2issue=1 . JLTA is a peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly electronic journal published through e-Scholarship, University of California. The journal is focused on disseminating current theory, research, practice, and thinking on arts integration in schools and communities. It is sponsored by the Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences, and Sustainability, which builds on the expertise and combined knowledge of faculty in the Arts disciplines, the Humanities, Education, Psychology, Biological Sciences, and Medicine to study the nexus of relationships between arts education, aspects of cognitive and social development, and public policy formation. For more information, please visit . For this special issue, we are looking for the following kinds of articles: 1) Qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research articles that provide evidence of the effects of exposure to the arts and humanities on learners’ doctoring skills, including attitudes toward and interactions with patients, empathy etc. 2) Program or course evaluation articles using a range of qualitative or quantitative assessment methodologies that demonstrate the efficacy of a particular program/course on either medical student or residency learners 3) Descriptive articles that report innovations in integrating the arts/humanities and medical education 4) Theoretical articles that provide important insights into or suggest provocative questions about arts integration and medical education. Submissions should be a maximum of 6000 words, and may be shorter. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, and should follow American Psychological Association formatting guidelines, including those for reference lists and section headings. Accepted papers will be copyedited and returned to you for revision before final publication. Detailed author guidelines are provided on the website. Deadline for submission is August, 2011.

Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Symposium

Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Symposium: Through the Lens of Time: Perspectives on Medicine and Health Care

May 19 (Evening) and May 20 (8AM – 5PM)

The Eighth Annual Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium meeting will be held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, May 19 through Thursday afternoon, May 20, 2010. This year’s theme, Through the Lens of Time: Perspectives on Medicine and Health Care, will present papers, panels, workshops, readings or performances that examine a topic relevant to medicine and health care from a historical perspective. All presentations will represent the orientation of at least one of the medical humanities, including history, literature and the arts, bioethics, philosophy, religious studies, and social sciences.

For further information contact Rhonda L. Soricelli, MD, Chair, Planning Committee, at .

To download the registration form for this event click here.