In October 2017, the first The Doctor as a Humanist symposium was held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. At the symposium was posed the question, “Can the Humanities transform 21st Century Medicine?”
In April 2019, the second The Doctor as a Humanist symposium will be held at Sechenov University in Moscow. The question asked with focus on HOW: “How can the Humanities transform 21st Century Medicine ? “ and not less important, perhaps even more pertinent, “How can we integrate the Humanities into Medical education and practice?”.
In a recent article Morera Serna (2018) writes, “Humanistic education helps to cope with the ups and downs of daily clinical work building resilient physicians. Investing in Medical Humanities to achieve top professionals may be one of the soundest ideas of medical schools”. We appreciate and wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of this practising doctor. Now is most definitely the time to “ensure that the Medical Humanities do not remain “ a castle in the air” (Wu and Chen, 2018). The stakes are too high. The future of medicine depends on finding the way to (re)introduce the humanities to the core of medical education..” ( McFarland, Markovina, Gibbs, 2018).
Help us to discuss and debate the HOW. Help us to put the “heart and soul back into Medicine” and come and join us in Moscow spring.