The University of Southampton Faculty of ambien Medicine will host the Association of Medical Humanities Annual Conference from 7 – 9 July 2014. The Faculty uniquely offers medical humanities options for all its undergraduate students in year one as a vehicle for the exploration of patients’ perspectives and experiences through a creative process. The theme of the conference is ‘The Art of Compassion’ which aims to explore and share the extent to which medical humanities can generate understanding and maximise its potential to transform medical practice. It is hoped that this conference will contribute to the current debate around compassion and the development of compassionate practice in healthcare.

This eleventh conference is the first time Southampton has hosted the Association’s annual conference and will be an opportunity for further interdisciplinary discussion of medical humanities within the context of medical education and patient care after the Francis report.

Diverse speakers and workshops will enable the conference to consider the nature of compassion from historical, philosophical, cultural and global perspectives as well as probe current issues such as, whether compassion can be taught or learned; how possible or desirable it is to incentivise compassion in a healthcare system and how the challenges of sustaining compassion can be met.

Presentations that consider any aspect of medical humanities and compassion are welcomed. Please submit your name, paper title and abstract of up to 300 words by 28 February 2014 via Registration for the conference available from 3 March at


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