Medicine is the opportunity to bear witness to the mystery, tragedy, and wonder of being human. – Dr. Arno Kumagai
Dr. Arno Kumagai was recently appointed Vice-Chair, Education, at the University of Toronto Faculty of medicine. (Read the story here.) As a champion for the humanities in medical education, his vision goes far beyond putting a friendly face on healthcare. He is passionate and articulate about how dialogues in medicine are opportunities to deepen and transform the human experience for all concerned…doctors included!
Here are some excerpts from a talk he gave in the UK last year at the conference, Thinking with Metaphors in Medicine:
How we perceive and structure the world around us is dependent on the identities we carry with us… – P. Bourdieu
The “field:…a social space in which forces or influences interact (champ de pouvoir) as well as a space of struggle (champ de lutte) characterized by differences in power and privilege. –P. Bourdieu
Group interactions may be seen as “fields” in which the habitus of each individual intersects and interacts with those of others within contexts of power and privilege. –P. Bourdieu
“Knowledge capital,” resources, opportunities, even ways of seeing, talking about and understanding, are under the control of those in power (the ‘Police’) – Jacques Rousseau
The goal of medical education is in large part, the professional development of the empathic self. In essence, medical education is moral education.
Critical Consciousness – A recognition of individuals as conscious, reflective, social beings, an awareness of social contradictions and injustice, and a commitment to act to overcome injustice and oppression. – P. Freire
[T]he essence of politics is to reveal what is possible through engagement with the ambiguous and uncertain. – A. Bleakley
The foundation of Being is the relationship with the Other, and this relationship is ethical. – Emmanuel Levinas
The heart of dialogue is the recognition of the mystery of the Other and to act on this awareness.
Education as change: a process of transition or liminality.
Click the link to see the full presentation, which includes lots of pictures and some good humour! Liminality – Dialogues at the threshold. (If you don’t have Powerpoint on your computer, you can download the slides in Google Drive or similar apps.)