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Candidate for the position of Health Humanities Society - President

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An Nakamura

Why do I want to apply for this role

Having been on the committee this year as publicity officer, I’m still very keen to be involved in spreading our combined passion for the medical humanities to the rest of our student community. This year, I have gained an understanding of what makes a great society and I would like to build on this further by working with the rest of the committee to host a variety of events. I believe that I am capable of taking on this role, I am organised, prepared to take initiative, enjoy working with a team and most importantly, am eager to promote the power and potential of the medical humanities to the rest of our student community. I have many exciting event ideas for next year which I would like to propose for example, visits to museums and galleries and inviting speakers to share their experiences with both medicine and the arts. The medical humanities are an area that I feel very strongly for and I would love to share my enthusiasm with the rest of our student community.

Skills and past experience

I have been publicity officer for both Health Humanities Society and KCL Geriatric Medicine Society, both of which required me to put together promotional material for upcoming events, talks and socials. Through both of these societies, I was also directly involved in contacting speakers for events, discussing the time and date of the event as well as suggesting certain topics that we would like them to explore in more detail. In order for these events to come into fruition, I also needed to liase with other committee members. Both events were successfully run with a modest turnout and participants enjoyed the events. Through these roles, I have developed both my time management and communication skills, both of which will be invaluable to me as President.

What are you passionate about in the field of health humanities

I am particularly interested in how we can use the arts, in particular visual and music to make sense of ourselves, whether this be learning more about our physical or mental health or our experiences and views of the world around us. Through my SSC ‘Representation of Physical and Mental Pain in Medicine and Art’ and my Scholarly Project on Arts-Based Research Methods, I have been exploring how we can use visual arts to express experiences and the associated emotions, as a way of communicating with and understanding others. As doctors, we will be looking after both the physical and mental health of our patients and the arts are undoubtedly a very powerful tool to help us to do so. But studying and working in a caring environment can often lead us to put the needs of others first, sometimes at the expense of our own health. As well as supporting the mental health of our patients, I am equally passionate about using the arts to promote our own mental health, so we can feel our best, and ultimately provide better care for our patients.