Medicine and Humanities International Program

Drawing of the combined iconic skylines of Lyon, Shanghai and Ottawa.

Photo credit : Andrea Zumrova (uOttawa MD2017)

Launched in April 2016, the MHIP is founded on a multilateral partnership between the University of Ottawa, the University of Lyon (UDL), the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM) and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM). The program enables students and professors to experience the history of medicine, art, literature, philosophy and human sciences across multiple cultures and languages to foster critical thinking, the development of professionalism and empathy.

The MHIP achieves this through the sharing and development of the humanities curriculum, student exchanges, and joint activities (e.g. summer schools) and education research on value of the humanities in medical training. The first MHIP summer school was held in July 2017 in Ottawa and was a resounding success. The University of Lyon is hosting the second summer school in July 2018 in France. 

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Want to support uOttawa medical students in this program? Please donate towards the Student Mobility Fund for International Medicine and Humanities

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