Medical Anthropology Network: Working group teaching health professionals
Workgroup “teaching medical anthropology to (future) health professionals” – coordinators Margret Jaeger/Austria and Patricia Hudelson Pernegger/Switzerland. The workgroup was created in 2015 and ams to courage networking and exchange among anthropologists involved in teaching medical anthropology to professionals and students from a wide range of health professions. Currently 25 to 30 are members of the workgroup and engange actively in events and exchange. A panel session was held at the MAN meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2017, where colleagues from Chile, U.S.A., Japan, UK, Switzerland and Austria discussed their challenges and approaches to teaching medical anthropology to health professionals. At the end of the session, potential future activities of the working group were discussed. It is planned to organize another panel for the EASA meeting in Stockholm 2018.
MAN working group on Teaching Medical Anthropology to (future) Health Professionals
At the 2013 MAN meeting in Tarragona, a roundtable discussion was held on teaching medical anthropology. During the discussion, Dr. Torsten Risor, a Danish medical doctor and anthropologist (Arctic University of Norway - Tromsø) argued that medical anthropology was important for future health professionals.
Following this meeting, Ruth Kutalek (Medical University Vienna) and Margret Jäger (SFU Linz) initiated a working group in 2015 with the aim of encouraging networking and exchange among anthropologists involved in teaching medical anthropology to professionals and students from a wide range of health professions.
Activities to date:
- A first meeting of the working group was help at the MAN meeting in Brighton, UK in 2015, where we discussed current theories, good texts, and the challenges of teaching anthropology to (future) health professionals.
- A questionnaire was developed to facilitate the creation of a database of anthropologists involved in teaching health professionals, as well as encourage exchange of teaching materials and approaches. To date, 25 anthropologists have completed the questionnaire.
- A panel session was held at the MAN meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2017, where colleagues from Chile, U.S.A., Japan, UK, Switzerland and Austria discussed their challenges and approaches to teaching medical anthropology to health professionals. At the end of the session, we discussed potential future activities of the working group.
Workhop at EASA meeting in Stockholm 2018 - for young scholars!
There a workshop for young scholars who are interested in teaching health professionals during the EASA meeting in Stockholm. It takes place on August 16th from 11.15h - 13.00h at this place: Södra Huset F315.
Title: Teaching anthropology to health professionals: how to get started?
This will be an interactive workshop aimed at young scholars who are interested in teaching in health profession training programs. Workshop leaders will draw on their own teaching experiences to lead participants in reflecting on possible roles for anthropologists in health care institutions, the tools and concepts of anthropology relevant to health professional training and practice, and the importance of considering institutional and health professional cultures. Useful teaching resources will also be discussed.
We invite interested to join us in this workshop!
For registration, please send an email to Margret Jaeger: margretjaeger(at)yahoo.com
Possible future activities:
- If somebody is interested to take over, participation in the next meeting of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), to be held in Florianopolis, Brazil (July 2018) https://www.iuaes.org/index.html
- Creation of a web platform where members can exchange teaching materials and approaches.
As of July 2017, the working group is coordinated by Margret Jäger and Patricia Hudelson (Geneva University Hospitals). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
If you are interested in joining the working group, please fill out the questionnaire and send to Margret Jäger (http://www.easaonline.org/networks/medical/contact).
We believe that medical anthropology should form an integral part of health professional training.
Margret Jäger [margretjaeger(at)yahoo.com]
Patricia Hudelson [Patricia.Hudelson(at)hcuge.ch]