In August 2018, this office was established in Medicine Academic Clinical Program (ACP) by Professor Chow Wan Cheng to educate healthcare professionals through the promotion of the humanities. The aim is to draw on the creative and intellectual strengths of diverse disciplines spanning philosophy, ethics, arts, popular culture, history, literature and religion. The humanities help us re-examine clinical care, education and research through different lenses to develop a deep and critical understanding of meaning, value and purpose. The new perspectives created have fostered close and meaningful relationships amongst doctors, patients and colleagues, enriching existing multi-disciplinary collaborations and encouraging the formation of new ones.
We have adopted a 4-pronged approach: communication, co-operation, content curation and community-building. The team has worked with existing partners such as the Residency Programs and Medical Schools to curate resources and courses. The ultimate goal is to build a community that learns and shares through experiences. We have already reached out on social media, curated a large collection of verse in our doctor-writers’ repository, raised thousands of dollars through concerts and art exhibitions for our disadvantaged patients, and supported clinical care with humanities content on inpatient iPads. There have also been collaborations with the National Gallery and Singapore Art Museum.
Join in our journey to connect sensitively with everyday healthcare experiences and reinvigorate the joy of caring by reminding ourselves of what inspired us to join this profession.
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Dr Anantham Devanand
Director, Medical Humanities, Medicine (ACP)Senior Consultant, Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, SGH
Dr Devanand’s professional profile can be found here.
Joanna is an Advanced Practice nurse in Acute Care (Medical ICU). Her experiences in managing ICU patients include both ends of the spectrum- Aggressive and rapid interventions for the acutely and critically ill, as well as supportive and palliative approaches for dying patients and their loved ones. Her latter role is where Medical Humanities comes alive and is ever relevant. Joanna also helps to co-chair monthly interdisciplinary meetings with the Palliative and Rehab departments.
Joanna is also an SGH Scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) at National University of Singapore and a Master in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programme at University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Ong Eng Koon
Member, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPConsultant, Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, National Cancer Centre Singapore, SGH
Dr Ong is a palliative care physician at the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, National Cancer Centre Singapore. He has keen interests in medical education, professionalism, empathy and burnout. He stumbled onto the Medical Humanities while looking into ways to teach empathy and decrease physician burnout and conceptualised the Humanism Aspirations as a Propellor for Professional development in Palliative medicine Education (HAPPE) project in 2017, using literature to facilitate discussions on empathy and patient-centered care for junior doctors. He has not looked back since and is always excited to develop future projects in this field with like-minded friends both old and new.
Dr Ong’s professional profile can be found here.
Dr Foo Yang Yann
Member, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPAssistant Professor, Academic Medicine Education Institute, Duke-Nus Medical School
Dr Janet Ong Kheng Hwee
Member, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPResident Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, SGH
Ms Dian Handayani
Member, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPArt Therapist, Department of Psychology, SGH
Ms Nur Suhaila Binte Ishak
Team Lead, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPSenior Executive, Education, Division of Medicine and Medicine ACP
Ms Latashni D/O Gobi Nathan
Communications Lead, Medical Humanities, Medicine ACPExecutive, Communications, Division of Medicine and Medicine ACP