December 2019 What I’m Thinking About…

What’s in a Word: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Humanism in Contemporary Healthcare and Health Professions Education

Drs. Brett Schrewe & Sarah de Leeuw

Date: December 3, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:30PM

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00 – 1:30pm, with a pause at 1:00pm for those who need to leave early
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch


  • LSC CMR 1312 (host venue)
  • DHCC 2262
  • SHY E404
  • NHSC 9-374
  • Victoria General 1912

Remote Access: Additional access options are available. Please email to request remote access.


The annual Canadian Conference on Medical Education will touch down in Vancouver next spring with a theme of “weaving humanism into medical education”. The timing could not be better; educating for humanism in our contemporary world offers a powerful reminder that the lives of others are inextricably bound up in our own.

Putting humanism into productive practice, however, requires an exploration of how the term is used, what these multiple meanings afford, and even what these definitions may (unintentionally) impair. Join us as we open a conversation and dialogue around this potentially transformative concept, better understand its utility and its limitations, and look for ways by which we may optimally incorporate it into the practices of clinical health care and health professions education.


  1. To deepen understanding of what humanism means – and what is to accomplish – in contemporary healthcare and health professions education
  2. To explore the overlaps and divergences of humanism as it applies to health professions education and practice
  3. To broaden understandings of critique and criticism towards mainstream conceptions of humanism
  4. To offer perspectives on the use of the health humanities as a tool and practice to interrogate current health professions education

Accredited by UBC CPD



The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 18 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

RCPSC Accreditation

What I’m Thinking About… is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.