New Delhi: The Medical Humanities Group (MHG) at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital has launched its first online scientific journal on Medical Humanities titled Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME).
RHiME is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal with a vision to blend humanities with the sciences in medical education. It seeks, predominantly, to explore and advance medical education research and the evolving field of medical humanities. It aims to encourage contributions from, and discussion between, teachers and students, doctors and patients, the sick and their care-providers, and between health policy makers and policy users.
Dr O P Kalra, principal, UCMS, told India Medical Times, “Medical humanities is broadly defined as the application, to medical education and to medical practice, of the humanities, social sciences and the arts.”
Dr Upreet Dhaliwal, editor, RHiME, told India Medical Times, “A journal of medical humanities seems to be an appropriate vehicle to spur greater research in this exciting and promising new field; to encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences in the medical humanities; and perhaps to move the humanities from the realms of a curiosity, to that of an essential component of medical education.”
“Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) is a journal with a difference. The multi-linguistic logo of the journal illustrates the ideology behind the formation of the journal and aims to encourage participation from readers with diverse backgrounds,” Dr Dhaliwal said.
The Medical Education Unit of UCMS formed the Medical Humanities Group (MHG) on April 1, 2009.
Dr Satendra Singh, assistant editor, RHiME, said, “The reason for its (the online journal’s) genesis was our belief that medical students in India are focused from an early age on science subjects; dissociation from the humanities stream results in an unbalanced world-view. With the ever-expanding curriculum in medical education, students end up being actively trained in the core curriculum of diagnostics and therapeutics while soft skills like communication, empathy and ethics lag behind.”
The Medical Humanities Group uses a variety of interventions like film, literature, street theatre, poetry, theatre of the oppressed, graphic medicine, and disability studies to help health professionals explore health and illness from multiple perspectives, that of the healthcare-provider and of the health seeker.
To serve this purpose, RHiME strives to explore ways to mainstream humanitarian concepts and interlink them with the sciences. The narratives, the prose, original research, poems, and the visual art content of the journal will attempt to remind of the significance of the humanities in medical education.
To ensure national and international relevance, the journal has Advisory Board members from all around the country and the world. The Editorial Board invites authors to submit original work relating to Medical Education and Medical Humanities. The work may pertain to, but is not limited to, Innovations in Medical Education, History of Medicine, Narrative Medicine, Graphic Medicine, Disability Studies, and arts-based interventions in medical education and healing by means of theatre, poetry, literature, film, music and art, among others.
by Vidhi Rathee