Navigation Links
Humanities mini-courses for doctors sharpen thinking and creativity
Date:8/8/2012

Mini-courses designed to increase creative stimulation and variety in physicians' daily routines can sharpen critical thinking skills, improve job satisfaction and encourage innovative thinking, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers who piloted a series of such courses.

"For decades, career development theory has identified a stage that occurs at midlife, characterized by a desire to escape the status quo and pursue new ventures," said Kimberly Myers, Ph.D., associate professor of humanities. "It is increasingly clear that these mid-career professionals are yearning to explore ways of thinking that are outside of their usual responsibilities."

The courses are an outgrowth of a pilot initiative called the Penn State Hershey Physician Writers Group, which Myers founded and facilitated. The group met every other week for three months and explored how medically related topics are featured in different literary genres. Participants wrote original pieces, which they discussed and edited with each other and Myers.

"The process of literary analysis, which is both methodical and intuitive, helps to sharpen the cognitive processes inherent in medical diagnosis and treatment that are so vital in medical practice," said Myers. "Group discussions also provide a refreshing opportunity for collaboration, which help to form new alliances among colleagues."

Many physicians' writings were published in professional journals, and the physicians reported overwhelming satisfaction with the experience. As a result of the pilot program's success, the researchers and their colleagues in the Department of Humanities developed and conducted eight mini-courses on different topics throughout 2010-2011.

Results of this project appear in Academic Medicine.

Although each course had its own objectives, the overarching goal of the series was to provide humanities-related, clinically relevant learning opportunities for health care practitioners.

"The topics covered fell into four general categories: reading, reflection, and discussion; creative expression; technology; and ethics," said Daniel George, Ph.D., assistant professor of humanities.

To accommodate busy schedules, the researchers scheduled these courses across an eight-month period and met three to five times total. Each hour of participation earned one Continuing Medical Education credit. Participants included physicians, nurses, administrative and support staff, medical and nursing students and health researchers and scientists.

Post-course surveys proved as favorable as the feedback from the Writers Group. Participants reported a high degree of satisfaction with learning new disciplines outside of biomedicine, using their training in uncustomary ways, forming new camaraderie with their colleagues, and enjoying a respite from the stressful flow of the workday.

"These courses offer an opportunity for intellectual and social 'play' to those who participate, which fosters workplace satisfaction and creative, innovative thinking," said George. "Efforts that implement programs like these in other medical settings could potentially contribute to reviving the health care system, which would ultimately benefit both practitioners and their patients."
'/>"/>

Contact: Matthew Solovey
msolovey@hmc.psu.edu
717-531-8606
Penn State
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Doctors often dont disclose all possible risks to patients before treatment
2. In muscular dystrophy, what matters to patients and doctors can differ
3. Doctors Spar Over Cholesterol Screening in Kids
4. Doctors Tend to Share Patients With Similar Colleagues
5. Doctors and rheumatoid arthritis patients differ on perception of disease activity
6. U.S. Doctors Embracing Electronic Health Records: Survey
7. Doctors overlook chemical illnesses, study finds
8. ACP Immunization Advisor app makes it easier for doctors to identify vaccines for patients
9. Patient care by residents is as good as by fully qualified doctors
10. Hospitals communication during residency matching may put stress on OB-GYN doctors-in-training
11. Doctors cite concern for patients, colleagues top motives for working sick
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... institution’s inaugural K-20 Education Summit to be held March 23-25, 2017 in Tampa, ... Jan. 25, 2017. , The keynote speakers include Dr. Michelle R. Weise, executive ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... ... Wooden and plastic balance boards have been around since at least the 1950s and are ... the first and only balance board to use a patent-pending design featuring high-pressure inflation technology ... time as well as skill-level adjustable for all ages and abilities. The board can ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... SC (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... is the premiere organization in North America for the scientific development, healthcare training ... 2017 Annual Scientific Session, and its 2017 AAT Member Certification Qualification Courses for ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Moisture ... choosing the right method is paramount to success. Selecting an inappropriate measurement method ... where multiple persons use the same equipment. Rare or expensive substances are wasted ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... Old School Labs™, makers ... Mr. Olympia Classic Physique bodybuilder Breon Ansley to its growing team of brand ambassadors. ... bodybuilder in 2012 and in less than a year was able to turn professional, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... 2017 NeuroVive Pharmaceutical AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: ... preclinical collaboration agreement with the Children,s Hospital of ... M.D., a US key opinion leader in the mitochondrial medicine ... ... from NeuroVive,s research program, NVP015, in certain experimental disease models. ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Test (Tumor, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Esoteric), By Type of Lab ... Cancer, HIV/AIDS etc.), Forecast to 2022" report to their ... ... especially clinical lab testing, which has evolved as a major ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , Jan. 20, 2017 ... the Keystone Symposia Conference, "PI3K Pathways in ... Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI ... oral immuno-oncology development candidate that selectively inhibits ... is able to help overcome resistance to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: