Medical Humanities

AFTEC is a community partner in the HKUMed Medical Humanities Programme which is a credit-bearing part of the medical curriculum. Through an imaginative encounter with the arts, medical students can explore the human aspect of medical science through engaging in theatre, movement and music. In 2020-21, a performance workshop “Experiential Anatomy: The Physical Body in Relationships” for Year 2 medical students was conducted online.

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workshops via zoom

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Before the workshop I did not pay much attention to the synergy and harmony between the body and the mind. I would focus only on thinking and feeling, neglecting the intricate touch and pressure sensations from my body. Somehow, my own body started to feel alien, as if it were a shell enclosing my mind. It was a weird yet eye-opening experience about myself, my identity, and reality. 

Medical Student,The University of Hong Kong

This workshop has offered completely new perspectives about the human body… as a tool of expression and how it complements and can even sometimes overshadow words as a form of communication. I realized not only its importance in everyday life, but especially its role in storytelling, where vivid descriptions of bodies reveal both an individual’s personality and also the setting and atmosphere of social interactions.

Medical Student, The University of Hong Kong