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Humanities in Medicine

Code: MI123     Acronym: HUMED

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Integrated Master in Medicine

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIMED 285 Plano Oficial 2021 1 - 3 28 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro
Amélia Assunção Beira Ricon Ferraz

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 0,50
Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 0,50
Amélia Assunção Beira Ricon Ferraz 0,286
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 0,214
Theoretical and practical Totals 10 15,00
Jose Nuno Ferreira Silva 0,286
Sílvia Cristina de Sousa Paredes 3,428
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro 7,857
Ana Cristina Brandão Verissímo 3,429

Teaching language



Developing the instrumental role of the humanities as a resource for the overall education of medical students.
Acquisition of soft/"transferable" skills in the humanistic areas of self-knowledge, critical reflection, integrity, ethics and professionalism.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the UC students should be able to:

- Discuss the role of humanities and arts as an integral part of medical training;

- Value the History of Medicine in the development of Portuguese and international medical knowledge;

- Reflect on the human condition and "On becoming a doctor";

- Demonstrate ability to integrate several areas of knowledge;

- Apply critical thinking skills and creativity;

- Identify cases of questionable practices of conduct and fraud in academia and professionally;

- Propose strategies to promote good practices of ethical conduct.

- Compare communication practices in a professional context through narrative medicine.

Working method



Role of the humanities in medical training

Arts in shaping clinical practice

History of Medicine: national and international

Medical anthropology in medical training

Interpersonal development

Clinical communication and narrative medicine

Reflective practice - "On becoming a doctor


Critical thinking and creativity

Academic integrity and research ethics

Mandatory literature

Universidade do Porto; Universidade do Porto; Código Ético de Conduta Académica , 2017
Martinson, B., Anderson, M. & de Vries, R. ; Scientists behaving badly. , 2005. ISBN: Nature 435, 737–738
Bretag T. ; Challenges in addressing plagiarism in education., PLoS Med 10(12):e1001574, 2013. ISBN: 1932-6203
Sivasubramaniam, S. D.; Cosentino, M.; Ribeiro, L.; Marino, F.; Unethical practices within medical research and publication – An exploratory study. , 2021. ISBN: , International Journal for Educational Integrity.
Amélia Ricon-Ferraz; A Real Escola e a Escola Médico-Cirúrgica do Porto: Contributo para História da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, U.Porto100, 2013. ISBN: 9789897460050
Amélia Ricon-Ferraz ; Os estudos médicos em Portugal após a Reforma Pombalina, Biblioteca da Ordem dos Médicos, Publicações D.Quixote, Ordem dos Médicos, 1991

Complementary Bibliography

.; Retractions: the lessons for research institutions. , 2014. ISBN: Lancet (London, England), 384(9938), 104.
Fanelli D. ; Do pressures to publish increase scientists' bias? An empirical support from US States Data. , 2010. ISBN: PloS one, 5(4), e10271.
Paul F. Griner; The Power of Patients Stories. Learning Moments in Medicine, 2012. ISBN: 9781478178309

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive lectures for large groups. Seminars - small group sessions defined in accordance with the academic management of MMED - of shared discussion of the topics of the curricular content.
Guided visits to the FMUP's "Maximiniano Lemos" Museum of the History of Medicine, in coordination with the course management and the AEFMUP (1st year) Committee.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 60,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 25,00
Estudo autónomo 32,00
Trabalho escrito 24,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Obtaining frequency

Distributed assessment with final exam, with the possibility of appeal through the Intercalar Assessment (IA) component.

The theoretical presentation of topics is predominantly focused on multidisciplinarity and integration of the humanities with the aim of stimulating the perception of new perspectives in the integral formation of students.

Seminars allow the development of time for discussion of ideas and topics in order to promote critical reflection on ideas, cases and situations.

The evaluation of the UC is made up of the following components: Interim Assessment (IA) and Project in Humanity(s) (PH).

The assessment of each component is calculated as follows:

Interim Assessment (IA)

Written test, with duration of 60 minutes, to be held in December, of the component History of Medicine - theoretical - (1 development question) and the Seminars (2 development questions), rated 20 points.

Humanity(s) Project (PH)

Work prepared by groups of 5 students (who must belong to the same class), which should integrate the knowledge and content covered in the various seminars. The work should be delivered in electronic format, through the Moodle platform. Project presentations will take place in the last weeks of the semester.

The written work should have a maximum of 5 (five) pages. The oral presentation should be prepared in PPT and have a maximum duration of 15 minutes.

The PH grading is based on 2 factors: written work and oral presentation. The mark for the written paper will be the same for all members of the group. The final mark of the PH will be 20 points.

To pass the course, a minimum score of 9.5 in the midterm evaluation (IA) and 9.5 in the Project Humanity(s) (PT) will be required and, finally, a minimum final evaluation of 9.5 will be required.

Calculation formula of final grade

CF = 60%xAI + 40%xPH

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

CF = 60%xAI + 40%xPH

Student workers may choose to do the Project individually.

Classification improvement

To obtain an improvement in the final classification in the UC, a written test will be held covering the entire content of the UC in the form of developmental questions integrating the topics in the program and graded at 20 points.


Written work must be prepared according to the integrity standards set out in the "University of Porto (UP) Statement of Principles on Academic Integrity", and this verification will be done using software made available by UP.
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