The Integrated Master’s Degree in Medicine at the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Porto will have, from September, an Introduction to Poetry course. The idea is to “awaken the humanist side that a doctor wants to have”.
This chair of Poetry it will be optional for students in the first semester of the second year of the medical course at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) and will have a limit of students.
It is the doctor-surgeon and poet João Luís Barreto Guimarães who will teach the chair.
“Let’s talk, deep down, about the vida, where death is included, which is the great theme that poetry covers ”, explains the doctor in statements to TSF.
“There is something to illuminate, but there is no absolute truth to teach ”, says Barreto Guimarães, underlining that the idea is“ to awaken consciences in the sense of the human dimension that goes beyond the prescription of a drug or the technical execution of a surgery ”.
The doctor-poet explains to TSF that the “challenge” came at a time when “medical courses are trying to broaden the scope of the themes they present to their students”, always through optional chairs.
Because, after all, “The doctor who only knows about medicine or medicine knows”, points out the surgeon-poet citing the motto of Professor Abel Salazar that gives the ICBAS its name.
“The chair was accepted and approved unanimously and praise”, he also highlights, admitting that he still does not know “exactly how it will be”. “It will be an adventure”, stresses.
Barreto Guimarães says he is not just going to talk about “poems about medicine”, nor poems written by doctors.
The idea is to “jump from theme to theme, including some medical themes and poems that deal with man, body, anatomy, disease, treatment, life and death”, summarizes the surgeon.
In addition, it is also intended to “open reading tracks” after classes, so that each student can make “other discoveries and, hopefully, awaken and help develop the humanist side you want a doctor to have ”.
Or doctor appointments the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, of whom he especially likes, to note that “a poem cannot truly cancel the suffering, but allows to accompany the process”.
The most difficult of the classes will be “giving a grade to these 30 students”, assumes Barreto Guimarães, although warning that there must be a final exam.
Susana Valente, ZAP //