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Medical Anthropology Network

Welcome to the EASA Medical Anthropology Network Homepage

A steering group elected at the meeting in Vienna in 2004 prepared the establishment of the new network. The steering group comprised Els van Dongen (the Netherlands), Elisabeth Hsu (United Kingdom), Hansjoerg Dilger (Germany/United States) and Agita Luse (United Kingdom/Latvia). The steering group prepared for and conducted the business meeting and the elections held at the EASA Biennial Conference in Bristol 2006.

Creation of the Working Group “Teaching Medical Anthropology to (future) Health Professionals” within MAN

To continue the discussion about teaching medical anthropology to specific target groups, we, Ruth Kutalek and Margret Jäger from Austria, initiated a working group. The target group was defined as “(future) health professionals”, and incudes professionals and students from medicine and nursing, midwives, public health officials, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychotherapists, and medical technicians among others (more than 30 can be listed depending on the country´s rules). Our first three-hour meeting was conducted on September 9th 2015 at the MAN meeting in Brighton. Several colleagues with extensive experience in the field were contacted and ask to fill out a questionnaire. Our first meeting was a lively and productive exchange of ideas and experiences.

Torsten Risor, director of the medical faculty at the Arctic University in Tromso, was invited to provide an introduction to historic developments in medical education and challenges of medical professionals in the health system.

The questionnaire asks for information about taught target groups, used theoretical concepts, challenges in teaching (future) health professionals and for literature of good practice. The first results showed some diversity in target groups, but so far mostly concentrated on teaching medical students. Furthermore, we discussed current theories, good texts, and challenges of teaching the target group. We posed these questions to build a platform where people can find useful information and contacts for further exchange. The group concluded that there are many challenges, but also a host of new opportunities for young scholars to seek a career as medical anthropologists) in the medical and health fields. If you are interested in receiving the report from the first meeting, please send an email to: margretjaeger(at)yahoo.com

If you are interested in participating in the group and already have teaching experience, please download and fill out the form and return it to margretjaeger(at)yahoo.com.

If you are interested, but do not yet have teaching experience, we are still interested in your feedback. We will collect the information and may plan future meetings based on your needs and interests.

We believe that teaching medical anthropology to (future) health professionals can help improve care in our health systems.

MAN Committee

The committee serves a two year term. Committee members may be elected for a maximum of two consecutive terms.. The current MAN Board was elected in November 2016