Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 245–254 | Cite as

The Medical Humanities and the Perils of Curricular Integration

  • Neville ChiavaroliEmail author
  • Constance Ellwood


The advent of integration as a feature of contemporary medical curricula can be seen as an advantage for the medical humanities in that it provides a clear implementation strategy for the inclusion of medical humanities content and/or perspectives, while also making its relevance to medical education more apparent. This paper discusses an example of integration of humanities content into a graduate medical course, raises questions about the desirability of an exclusively integrated approach, and argues for the value of retaining a discrete and coherent disciplinary presence for the medical humanities in medical curricula.


Medical humanities Integrated curriculum Medical curriculum Psychosocial aspects Teaching and learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Education Unit, Melbourne Medical SchoolThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of ArtsThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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