The Medical Humanities (MH) Curriculum at LKS Faculty of Medicine is underpinned by a conceptual framework that begins with knowledge and self-exploration, then progresses to skill development, and finally to embodiment of attitudes and behaviours nurtured through medical humanities in clinical practice. It is a 6-year, compulsory longitudinal curriculum built around five designated themes based on the principle of outcome-based approach of student learning. The learning outcome is assessed through reflection or critical appraisal using conventional or creative means based on desired rubrics designed for different activities. The five themes are:
In addition to the compulsory components of the curriculum, to accommodate the changing learning environment, we are putting more effort in creating optional opportunities and learner-led activities, allowing students to pursue new areas of interest.
The MH curriculum is completed during the Senior and Specialty Clerkships, where students spend tutorial time reflecting their experiences, learning and views of humanism in medicine. In particular, the importance of self-awareness and self-care, understanding suffering and healing and making value judgements in difficult circumstances is emphasised.