This website comes from the Scottish Medical Humanities Group, which first met in February 2017. It’s a pilot site to present Medical Humanities links and resources.

If you like it, it could develop to have hundreds of posts, relevant to all specialties and professions, as well as to patients.  Resources are designed for browsing selectively or by topic/ specialism, and to slot easily into niches in a curriculum or training programme.


While Medical Humanities are represented in the early years of most undergraduate medical degrees, they are rarely signposted during clinical training or postgraduate curricula. We wondered whether that could be supported by a cross-Scotland initiative.

Key aspirations for Medical Humanities include that they may

  • Promote and validate compassion in students and practitioners
  • Raise importance of patient-centred behaviour, ethical issues, resource issues – things that are often better illustrated in real life than as the subject of formal teaching.
  • Illustrate notable communication, ethical, other Qs
  • Help foster resilience in students and practitioners

The current opportunity following a meeting convened in February 2017 by Kenneth Calman and John Gillies that was attended by representatives mainly from medical schools, but all immediately realised the broader relevance and importance of the initiative to other professions. John and several others were also involved in the creation and distribution of Tools of the Trade, a book of short poems that is presented at graduation to all new doctors from Scottish medical schools.


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