Medical Humanities in the Middle East Online

APRIL 9 - APRIL 10, 2022

Collaborating Institutions: Weil Cornell Medicine, Qatar and VCUarts, Qatar

In order to develop more human-oriented physicians and to understand more fully the human dimension of disease, the emerging fields of medical and health humanities are increasingly being integrated into medical education internationally. In addition, artists, philosophers, writers and other humanists continue to contemplate and draw inspiration from the human body and the experience of illness. These interdisciplinary efforts attempt to address the sociological, economic, philosophical and ethical issues that doctors, patients, families and society at large must face which go beyond the more technical aspects of medicine such as diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutics. A growing evidence base indicates that humanistic approaches to healthcare improve patient outcomes, contribute to better compliance and better provider-patient relations, and reduce medical error and liability. In addition, Expressive Arts Therapies, such as Music, Art, Narrative, and Play Therapies, use the arts themselves as a healing practice.

The conference will bring together researchers, educators, students and practitioners to help define and share best practices in the medical humanities in the Middle East and North Africa region. Currently many of the medical humanities curricula and initiatives are based on western practices, and more discussions are needed to imagine what human-centered health systems might look like in Muslim-majority countries in which religion and traditional values play such a key role

Qualitative and quantitative research, case studies, country reports, full sessions, thought papers, and theoretical papers are welcome. Creative submissions (for example, readings of narrative medicine fiction or poetry) will also be considered. The conference language is English. Posters will be displayed on the website and full details on poster preparation will be posted shortly. All abstracts will be blind peer reviewed and published in an indexed proceedings by HBKU Press.