The Medicine and the Humanities Committee (MHC) is responsible for the oversight of the Medicine and the Humanities program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. The MHC encompasses selected topics within the fields of history, philosophy, arts, literature and social sciences. All medical students are eligible to obtain either a special recognition for their interest and commitment to the humanities and medicine, or a Certificate of Excellence in Medicine and the Humanities. The committee will review students’ applications for credits (described below).
The MHC will assess each application based on the strength of its connection to:
- one or more of the following areas: history, philosophy, arts, literature, social sciences;
- the educational value of the activity for the student as a developing physician; and
- the role of the student in the activity.
Option 1: Recognition in the medical student performance record (MSPR)
Students require a minimum of 100 hours of credits in the Medicine and the Humanities program over the four years of medical school to obtain special recognition of their achievement in their MSPR.
Option 2: Certificate of Excellence in Medicine and the Humanities
Students require a minimum of 125 hours of credits over the four years of medical school plus the completion of a special project to achieve a Certificate of Excellence in Medicine and the Humanities. The special project must be approved by the committee.