Medical school appoints ‘writer in residence’
The University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School has appointed its first “writer in residence” to run creative writing workshops and literature classes for its students.
Carol Clewlow, who has been a journalist for 20 years and has written several novels, including the best selling Women's Guide to Adultery, started her 18 month part time post last month. She joins the already established humanities programme for undergraduates at the school. “This is a wonderful opportunity,” she said. “I could not ask for a more exciting or, I think, worthwhile, appointment.”
Medical students in Newcastle can already take part in a special study module in novels, poetry, and medicine at the beginning of their third year. It was introduced two years ago, partly in response to the General Medical Council's report on undergraduate training Tomorrow's Doctors. This called for nonclinical skills, such as verbal communication, to be included in the curriculum.