The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education
Arts and humanities are essential to the human experience and their benefits to medical education go far beyond joys and pleasures.
By integrating arts and humanities throughout medical education, trainees and physicians can learn to be better observers and interpreters; and build empathy, communication and teamwork skills, and more.
The AAMC is committed to supporting the integration of arts and humanities.
Through the Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education (FRAHME), we will provide resources to help medical educators start, develop, and/or improve the use of arts and humanities in their teaching.
Seeking your stories and poems during these critical times
The AAMC, in partnership with StoryCorps and the National Endowment for the Arts, is collecting stories (both oral and written) and poetry from health care professionals relating to their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic and racism and persistent inequities in America. By chronicling these, we aim to honor our community, provide outlets for creative and expressive thought, and continue to integrate the humanities and the arts in medicine.
To learn more about the submissions, visit the collection of highlighted short stories and poems.
The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education monograph
Our monograph, The Fundamental Role of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education, provides an in-depth overview of role arts and humanities play in educating a physician workforce to meet 21st-century health care needs, including enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs, and promoting clinician well-being.
Getting Started Guide for Arts and Humanities in Medical Education
The Getting Started Guide is designed for educators who are new to incorporating arts and humanities into their programs, courses, or curricula and seek to integrate practical activities as they teach the core competencies of medicine. This guide is an intended supplement to The Fundamental Role of the Arts and Humanities in Medical Education, which provides more guidance on how to engage in thoughtful curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation to successfully integrate arts and humanities into medical education.
The Getting Started Guide is broken into two parts:
- Part 1: Select Activities provides specific ideas and examples for integrating the arts and humanities into competency-based medical education.
- Part 2: Nuts and Bolts provides general guidance on the logistics of integrating the arts and humanities into teaching, such as finding partners, selecting material and more.
The AAMC has awarded eight $25,000 grants to U.S.-based member medical schools and teaching hospitals working on arts and humanities programs. These grantees will evaluate the impact of existing integrative arts and humanities programs or curricula across the continuum of medical education (undergraduate, graduate, continuing medical education).
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in publications and related programming or products do not necessarily represent those of these organizations.