“There is a need for doctors to be aware that the human and humane aspects of medical practice go hand in hand with the benefits reaped through science and technology. Undoubtedly, finding cures for disease, drugs to delay ageing and developing stem cell therapies to reverse degenerative disorders are of critical importance but of equal importance are alleviating the suffering of patients with chronic illnesses and incurable diseases.”
~ Background to Syllabus
In this 10th year, AFTEC continues to be the community partner in the Medical Humanities Programme which is a credit-bearing part of the medical curriculum. It intends to demonstrate the creative and effective collaboration between science and the arts. Through the imaginative encounter with the arts, medical students can explore the human aspect of medical science through engaging in theatre and movement. They will be guided to identify with their multiple roles and responsibilities, to reflect and explore on the healing process of the patients and ultimately developing a holistic and positive professional attitude.
For healing both the body and mind, Year 1 students will engage with artists in compulsory workshops at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Through the power of the arts, movement and theatre exercises and scripts will be used to support students to reflect, observe, explore and express inner emotions and sensory reaction, ultimately to develop empathy with patients. With the theme of The Person Behind the White Coat, we explore what makes communication relevant to being a doctor and opportunities for self care,
In 2021-22, 300 medical undergraduates will benefit from the workshops.