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Attached is an email from Gerri Frager, Director of Medical Humanities, who
responded to an email I sent her this morning.


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> From: "Frager, Gerri" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:05:09 -0400
> To: Tim Fedak <[log in to unmask]>, Gerri Frager <[log in to unmask]>, Shawna
> O'Hearn <[log in to unmask]>, Katrina Hurley <[log in to unmask]>
> Cc: Blye Frank <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: RE: ELECTIVES curriculum review

> Hi all,
> Thanks for including me in this loop.
> To clarify: the component of Humanities that was not continued this year - was
> the Speaker Series, which Dr. Stewart had set up as one component of the
> Humanities Elective experience. The full speaker series has been on-hold for
> this year as not timely to arrange for speakers, dates, etc with my start
> date., although there will be some speakers throughout the year but not part
> of the "Humanities Elective".
> However, the Humanities Elective option has continued. This continues to be a
> combination of clinical:humanities focus or solely Humanities focus without a
> direct clinical component. Connie Leblanc has 2 students in this capacity who
> arranged this directly with her, I have met with students to either take them
> on myself or discuss their objectives for such an elective & match them with a
> preceptor.  
> A snag emerged with Emergency Medicine:Humanities electives, where some
> students were perceived as opting for an ER-Humanities Elective when they were
> not successful in the EM lottery for an Emerg spot (felt to be trying to get
> EM through a back-door access that appeared/was inequitable to others). This
> is no longer a possible option for students as the EM preceptors & Elective
> preceptors for Emergency Medicine will not accept students seeking this
> option. They must apply via the lottery process.
> As for Electives within the Humanities, I absolutely agree these must be
> formalized and advertised along with all the other elective options. The
> framework stands that any student expressing an interest in an elective with a
> partial or full humanities component can seek out their preceptor & arrange
> this with letting me know, by meeting with me & I co-ordinate a preceptor (who
> may sometimes be me) to match them with according to the area of
> interest/focus. Ideally, we would have preceptors list what areas they have as
> proposed areas of interest, so that students can run through the options that
> fit with what is already of interest to them, or inspires them to design an
> elective, and we then proceed with a preceptor match-up.
> So, in addition to what exists for Humanities Electives now - what would I
> like to see next year?
> A core group of Preceptors with highlights of what areas they are interested
> in (the group & topics can always be expanded upon)
> More inclusion/collaboration with our community & academic partners in the
> Arts: Dal 's Department of Literature, Dal's Department of Music, NSCAD, AGNS,
> Symphony Nova Scotia, various theatre companies, and individual photographers,
> graphic artists, etc.
> Renewal of the Speaker Series with broader involvement of our diverse faculty
> & community partners in the Arts.
> I also believe that some of the areas as listed in the CMA document that David
> Carver appended do need to be incorporated as part of core curriculum (which
> currently falls under the Professional Competencies Group in Curriculum
> Renewal planning).
> Gerri 
>                            Dr. Gerri Frager
> Medical Director                      Professor, Pediatrics
> Pediatric Palliative Care         Director, Medical Humanities
> IWK Health Centre                 Dalhousie University
>                   Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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