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Journal of Health and Medical Sciences
Volumen 5, Fascículo 3, 2019
Research Article
Developing Cultural Competences in Medical Curricula: a Literary Experience

Stella Maris Roma1,2; Fernando Adrián Pérez1; María Eugenia D’Ottavio3; Alberto Enrique D’Ottavio1,2

  1. Faculty of Medical Sciences, National Rosario University, Rosario, Argentina.
  2. Research Council, National Rosario University, Rosario, Argentina.
  3. Bachelor of Psychopedagogy. Gran Rosario University, Rosario, Argentina.

Correspondence should be addressed to Alberto Enrique D’Ottavio. Email:

Received in July 08, 2019. Accepted in July 27, 2019

ROMA, S. M.; PÉREZ, F. A.; D’OTTAVIO, M. E. & D’OTTAVIO, A. E. Developing cultural competences in medical curricula: a literary experience. J. health med. sci., 5(3):149-152, 2019.

ABSTRACT: The weakening and depreciation of reading, the still uncertain role of humanities in medical curricula and the need for contributing to solve both deficiencies are current realities. In this regard, a proposed extramural and multidisciplinary six-step literary reading approach based on information and communication technologies was applied to thirty-five second-year medical students assisting to the annual training course on Histology and Embryology. Taken into account some difficulties during its fulfilling, the students were also individually interviewed after ending their task. They stated that weaknesses were particularly focused in steps 1 to 4 included, rather complex for them, guessing that it could be essentially related with shortcomings in literary reading training brought from high school. Simultaneously, they highlighted several strengths making the approach hopeful towards the future since these prevailed over the registered and potentially surmountable weaknesses. To conclude, some timely reflections are added on the relevance of combining information and communication technologies and literary reading for developing related cultural competences in medical curricula. 

KEY WORDS: literature, reading, medicine, curriculum, information and communication technologies.

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