Login | Users Online: 2641  
Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size   
Home | About us | Editorial board | Search | Ahead of print | Current Issue | Archives | Submit article | Instructions | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact us

Table of Contents
Year : 2023  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65  

Creativity in medicine

Sr. Consultant Cardiologist, Director of HH Publicationsand Executive Coordinator for Research, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology (1981–2014), Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Date of Submission24-Jan-2023
Date of Acceptance25-Jan-2023
Date of Web Publication23-Feb-2023

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rachel Hajar
Department of Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, P. O. Box: 3050, Doha
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/heartviews.heartviews_6_23

Rights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Hajar R. Creativity in medicine. Heart Views 2023;24:65

How to cite this URL:
Hajar R. Creativity in medicine. Heart Views [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Mar 24];24:65. Available from: https://www.heartviews.org/text.asp?2023/24/1/65/370260

One of the vents for doctors is writing. Doctors deal in stories – through the work we do, the people we connect with and the experiences we encounter. As doctors, we were trained to take care of human beings not just to take care of diseases.

Taking the time to hear a patient's story is becoming harder in the context of a 15-min doctor's appointment.

Doctors face death and illness regularly. Many physicians ignore their feelings leading to "burnout."

The doctor−patient encounter is one of the great dramas of medicine. It is rich. The humanities are a source of that enrichment. It is an outlet for creativity and that creativity already exists among medical students, residents, and faculty. The term "humanities" as it is used here refers to any type of creative work. Storytelling is a powerful way for physicians to connect with their patients. The humanities are a great way for medical students to hone their skills in observation and analysis.

There should be a way for incorporating the humanities into the medical curriculum. The humanities teach us to celebrate our own experiences. It allows students to exercise another part of their brains and personalities. Many come with an interest in writing, music, art, and history. These interests tend to get bogged down in science.

Finally, the doctor seeks to relieve suffering in the context of a relationship – that of the patient−doctor relationship. The humanities act as a way to recover from a loss of empathy and to reclaim one's self, to feel again, and know how to work closely with patients who are facing suffering and death. There is a sense of immortality in a story that has to be told.

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded23    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal