Tomorow’s Doctors: Imaginative and Engaged

Since 2007 all first year BM5 students in the Faculty of Medicine have been using literature, creative writing, art, photography, film, drama, history and music to imagine and engage with patients’ diverse perspectives and experiences. The Medical Humanities module aims to open the hearts and minds of students and facilitate the development of, observation, critical analysis, reflection and empathy, which are essential to good medical practice.

The exhibition brought together students’ work across four years to illustrate the role creativity can play in medical education and clinical practice. The inclusion of pieces by the students’ art teachers and members of patient support groups, Keeping Pace with Pain and The Stroke Association, reflected the relational and synergetic process of learning medicine and understanding human experiences of health and illness. The Faculty of Medicine Enterprise Group funded this event.

The exhibition ran from the 12th to the 20th October 2011.

Comments on the exhibition (collected via the blog):

I really enjoyed this exhibition and was most impressed by the work. Congratulations to all those involved.

I couldn’t make the private view but am looking forward to seeing the exhibition soon. Such a great idea and marvellous to see the ‘two worlds’ of science and art coming together in such a creative way. Let’s have some more like this.

This exhibition reassures us of the vigour and intensity of some medical students artistic awareness and expression. It is a reminder that as medical educators we should encourage the development of the so called right brains of our students. They need to be vigilant and ensure that they don’t short circuit these connections during their medical careers. How can we best do that?

I think this exhibition shows how Southampton Medical School is producing both medical students and doctors which will have a fresh new approach to patient care. The ability to express an insight to patients pain and feelings is a great asset for every doctor to have, and this work shows how these students were able to engage brilliantly in an artistic way.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

University of Southampton Hartley Library

%d bloggers like this: