Humanizing medicine

From the visual and performing arts to the history of medicine, we believe in the value of having every medical student engage in the humanities.

Although there’s already a lot to fit into the curriculum, we know you can boost your learning by including medical humanities into your program. Integrating medical humanities will:

  • stimulate your creativity
  • sustain your energy
  • support the compassion required to provide excellence in care

Cultivating compassion

The Medical Humanities-HEALS program is an exceptional program designed to enhance medical education by providing an opportunity to explore these distinct areas:

A brochure giving more information on our programs [PDF 3.7 MB]

Our name is an apt one. The acronym HEALS stands for Healing and Education through the Arts & Life Skills. This illustrates our commitment to helping healthcare professionals explore their thoughts, their creativity and the history of their profession.

The arts and humanities can be an antidote to the stress of the profession. It can help patients and families express their lived experience. Our goal? To cultivate compassion, respect and skill within our healthcare system.

DMNB Humanities

There is an active Humanities Program at the distributed medical program in Saint John, NB. The distributed program opened its doors to the first students in 2010. Since that time, the students have had the opportunity to be involved in the humanities program and have participated in joint concerts and other activities via video conference with the Halifax site. Want more information?  Visit DNMB Humanities at http://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/DMNB/education/facilities.html  

A broad reach

As part of Dalhousie Medical School, our program touches many lives. We’re not just supporting and teaching trainees and faculty—we’re improving the care of their patients and contributing to our community’s collective well-being.