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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2007;19(1): 5-11. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2007.19.1.5
우리나라 의과대학에서의 인문사회의학교육 : 과제와 전망
가톨릭대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실
Teaching Medical Humanities in Korean Medical Schools: Tasks and Prospect
Kwang-ho Meng
Department of Preventive Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Kwang-ho Meng, Tel: 02-590-1235, Fax: 02-532-3820, Email: khmeng@catholic.ac.kr
Scientific and humanistic aspects are integral to medicine and they must be bounded and integrated, not to suggest that one is more important than the other, or that they operate separately.In fact, the symbol of the physician, 'Caduceus' properly represents the bonding and intertwining between two forces of knowledge and wisdom or science and humanities, and as seen in the Hippocratic Oath, the humanities and the humanistic aspect of medical profession were important parts of practice thousands of years before medicine learned to use science as a new approach to acquire knowledge. However, the advances in science and technology in the early twenty century have fostered an emphasis on knowledge and technical skills in medical education with a neglect of the traditional humane and interpersonal aspects of the practice of medicine. Due to these concerns, for the last some 30years, there have been many attempts to improve general professional education and promote humanities curricula in medical education such as atruistic attitudes and professional behaviors that those pursuing careers in medicine should possess. This paper briefly reviews current status of teaching medical humanities and social sciences in Korean medical schools, and discusses tasks to be coped with to further improve the medical humanities curriculum in Korea including development of effective teaching and evaluation methods. This paper also emphasizes the importance of the role of the medical education systems such as National Licensing Medical Examination and the Medical School Accreditation System in improving the teaching of medical humanities and social sciences in Korean medical schools.
Keywords: Medical humanities;Professional behaviors;Multi-disciplinary curriculum;Inter-disciplinary curriculum;Effective teaching methods
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