Project in Medical Humanities

Project in Medical Humanities

The Project in Medical Humanities (PMH) aims to promote this emerging interdisciplinary field by using the knowledge and methods of the arts and humanities in the general area of health sciences and in close collaboration with health care professionals. In this way, the PMH seeks to improve the quality of health care by promoting the humanistic training of health professionals and students in health care (and other areas), and by valuing and honouring the patients’ voice and perspective.  
 
Hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon (FLUL) and the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES), the PMH is an expansion of the FCT funded project “Narrative & Medicine: (Con)texts and Practices Across Disciplines” (2013-15), a pioneering project settled in 2009 that introduced the field of Narrative Medicine in Portugal. Relying on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, with researchers and consultants from areas such as Literature, Medicine, Nursing, Visual and Film Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Psychology, Pharmacy, Epidemiology and Sociology, this project involved several national and international partners. The PMH therefore intends to consolidate, develop, and continue the work previously carried out by the Narrative & Medicine Project, enhancing its three main areas: academic research, education and training, and praxis/field work.
 
One of its key areas is advanced education and training, based on initiatives such as the post-graduation unit and Free Course on Narrative Medicine (offered since 2012), the forthcoming Doctoral Program in Medical Humanities and the Summer School in Narrative Medicine, among others.
 
Another crucial aspect of the PMH is the Portuguese Network of Medical Humanities (PNMH), a platform that gathers universities, research centers, and health-related institutions as partners whose aim is to promote, discuss, reflect, and act upon the field of Medical Humanities. 
 
Recently the PHM has been successfully selected for funding in a highly-demanding national call and will develop in the next three years (2018-2021) an ambitious R&D project: SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together (PTDC/LLT-OUT/29231/2017): http://humanidadesmedicas.letras.ulisboa.pt/en/share