CFS: Int’l J of User Driven Healthcare

Call for Papers: International Journal of User Driven Healthcare, Special Issue: Medical Humanities

Submission due date: 31 January , 2013

Introduction: Medical educators often quote that the knowledge of medicine is a science but the practice of medicine is an art. Since the time of William Osler (1849 –1919) we have realized the importance of teaching this art to our students. Earlier it was learnt by experience and observing role models. With the advent of competency based teaching and learning, Medical humanities is emerging as an important tool to teach professionalism and ethics to students and help them become better healers and for their own healing. The special issue aims to cover the following aspects (but is not limited to it):

  • 1. Examine the role of Medical Humanities in developing professionalism in health care workers.
  • 2. Focus on how culture and society influence the same.
  • 3. Evaluate and describe successful programs running in the developing world.
  • 4. Suggest the curriculum, learning objectives, teaching- learning methods and assessment methods for a Medical Humanities program.

Suggested topics (feel free to suggest more):

  • 1. Importance of Medical Humanities
  • 2. Medical Humanities in developing nations versus developed nations.
  • 3. Influence of culture and society on humanities
  • 4. Initiatives with regard to Medical Humanities in developing nations and description of successfully running programs in developing nations
  • 5. Lessons learned from conducting such programs
  • 6. Student perspectives of the Medical Humanities
  • 7. Personal experiences of running such modules
  • 8. Impact of the humanities on professionalism and ethics in healthcare workers.

Examples: The contributions may be in the form of original studies describing the impact of an intervention, personal narratives/experiences of how a patient/book/painting/poem/film changed your perspective about patient care, review of a book /film which may be used as a teaching material for teaching professionalism, ethics etc, suggestions and experiences which may be used for developing a curriculum in Medical Humanities.

Submission: Researchers, practitioners and patients are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on the Medical Humanities on or before January 31, 2013. Submissions received after this date will be reviewed for possible publication in subsequent issues of the journal. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at–

All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of: Dr. Tamkin Khan, Associate Editor, International Journal of User Driven Health care, Email: