University of Lyon welcomes students and professors from Ottawa and Shanghai to the second summer school of the Medicine and Humanities International Program

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Inaugural reception of the Summer School at the Lyon Town Hall

Inaugural reception of the Summer School at the Lyon Town Hall, 3 July 2018

Photo credit : Muriel Chaulet

From July 3 to 13, 2018, University of Lyon hosted the 2nd Medicine and Humanities International Summer School. The summer training program with the theme “In every sense” gathered 34 students and 5 professors from the four partner institutions. 9 students from uOttawa Faculty of Medicine were accompanied by Dr. Jean Roy, Director Medicine and Humanities Program and by Dr. Isabelle Burnier, Adjunct Professor and member of Medicine and Humanities Committee at the faculty.

The multilateral agreement between the four universities – uOttawa Faculty of Medicine, University of Lyon, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM) – enables students and professors to experience cross cultural learning that connects medicine with humanity in order to foster critical thinking and reflection on ethical, professional and human issues in Medicine.

The training program in France included lectures, workshops, round table discussions, social inter-cultural activities and visits to local museums and health centers. uOttawa President, Mr. Jacques Fremont personally welcomed the program’s participants in a sumptuous and elegant cadre at the City Hall in Lyon at the ceremony that marked the beginning of the second international summer school.

Similar to the first edition of the MHIP international summer school held in Ottawa, the 2nd summer school in Lyon was very much appreciated by all participants.

“This (cooking) workshop reminds us of the collaboration necessary in medical practice in an original and funny way which forces creativity. Learning the importance of collaboration and communication in team work, the importance of task sharing depending on one’s field of competence”. (uOttawa student attending the MHIP Summer School in Lyon)

Students and professors involved in this international experience expressed the wish to collaborate beyond the summer school and the following proposals were adopted: creation of a booklet regarding “Teaching strategies – best practices” coordinated by Dr. Isabelle Burnier; creation of a joint paper on how Medical Humanities are taught at the 4 institutions and a cooperative independent website dedicated to Medicine and Humanities, where students and professors can share content in the field of the Humanities.

We look forward to the next edition of the MHIP international summer school which will take place in Shanghai, in July 2019. 

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