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AMEE Webinar – Using artistic expression to enhance health professions students’ understanding of their health needs and to develop their reflective practice

December 14, 2020 @ 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM


Presenters: Janusz Janczukowicz, Paulina Sobieranska, Centre for Medical Education, Medical University Lodz, Poland.
Trevor Gibbs, President, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
Date: 14 December 2020
1st Presentation:  0900 hrs (GMT) / 4:00 AM EST
2nd Presentation: 1600 hrs (GMT) / 11:00 AM EST

Summary: The unexpected pandemic affected private and professional lives of all populations, including patients, carers, health workforce, learners, and teachers. The sudden shift towards Digital Health and Digital Education caused by the pandemics has a yet unassessed impact on knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes of all Health Professions (HP), as well as on their mental health needs. While working on adjusting the education to the necessary digital acceleration, we should be constantly focusing our efforts on developing appropriate professional qualities and supporting the reflective practice of the health workforce, including competencies related to patient centredness, empathy, communication and intercultural skills. Moreover, the focus on meant health needs in line with the modern HP education frameworks and the WHO flagship initiatives.

As we are currently living in a so called “ocular centric” era, with Instagram, Snapchat and Tik-Tok  dominating over textual communication, using visual arts to dedicate some mindful time to ourselves, may support better understating of the own and patients’ complex wellbeing needs.

We will use the AMEE / CMedEd Lodz joint project “COVID-19 Understanding own feelings via photography” as the starting point for discussing how the HP students’ artistic expression may enhance the development of their self- reflection and  holistic approach to patients. Also, we will present multiple visual expression- based interventions including workshops on empathy, intercultural competence and dealing with stress and burnout in education.

We encourage all participants to share their own experience in this field. Please, e-mail us before the seminar at

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss applications of learners’ artisitc expressions in under – and postgraduate HP education.
2. Gain insights into evidence on using arts and humanities in HP education.
3. Become acquainted with educational strategies and methods of developing students’ self-reflection.

Anticipated Outcomes:
This webinar participants will develop better understanding of theoretical foundations and practical applications of using artistic expression in health professions education and training. They will be able to adapt the strategies presented in this webinar for their local, educational context.

Interactive presentation followed by the discussion.

Target Audience: All teachers and students interested in bringing humanities to health professions education.

0900 hrs (GMT) Presentation – Please register here

1600 hrs (GMT) Presentation – Please register here


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