Dr Tanya TierneyAssistant Dean (Clinical Communication Training & Student Welfare)
The scientific basis of evidence-based medicine and the advances in technology have become drivers of medical practice today. Our MBBS programme must prepare our students to apply these scientific principles when investigating, diagnosing and treating patients. As we strive for quality in healthcare, there is an emphasis on standard processes, quality assurance and cost effectiveness, which can drive a culture of looking for “the right answer”. However, medicine is not black and white – students must be able to cope with the shades of grey in between. This is where the “Art” has an important part to play.
Ultimately, our students must learn to put everything together. Whilst understanding the scientific basis of medicine is essential in a career in medicine, I believe that it is the way our students embrace the Art of Medicine that will allow them to become “the doctors that you and I would like caring for us”.
"Wherever the Art of Medicine is loved, there is also the love of humanity" - Hippocrates