Under neoliberal education systems, medical students are unable to critically engage and develop a critical consciousness because they are forced to master standardized test-taking skills and memorize medical minutiae. As insider-outsiders, medical humanists and bioethicists can shed light on the culture and power dynamics inherent in medical education. Furthermore, the medical humanities could teach medical students to critically reflect on their own human values, and to become ethical and humanistic physicians in the face of the hierarchical culture of biomedicine and neoliberal university administrations. Medical educators, through critical pedagogy, can liberate the medical student and create the potential for changing the culture of medicine as a whole.
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Song, Ye Kyung
"The Medical Student Manifesto,"
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol2/iss1/7