The medical humanities and the perils of curricular integration

J Med Humanit. 2012 Dec;33(4):245-54. doi: 10.1007/s10912-012-9183-7.


The advent of integration as a feature of contemporary medical curricula can be seen as an advantage for the medical humanities in that it provides a clear implementation strategy for the inclusion of medical humanities content and/or perspectives, while also making its relevance to medical education more apparent. This paper discusses an example of integration of humanities content into a graduate medical course, raises questions about the desirability of an exclusively integrated approach, and argues for the value of retaining a discrete and coherent disciplinary presence for the medical humanities in medical curricula.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate / trends*
  • Humanities / education*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Studies / trends*