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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
The Calls of Medicine
Elective Number: 3525 (lottery)
Course Supervisors: Dr. Justin Mutter
Coordinator: Marcia Day Childress, PhD. 434-924-5974; firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Rotation 14b
Report to: Center Biomedical Ethics & Humanities
Time to Report: 8:30 am
Place to Report: Conference Room 5382, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, Barringer 5
Typical Day: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 20
Course Description: The practice of medicine calls for humanism and professionalism as well as clinical skill and a comprehensive (cells-to-society), continuing biomedical education. This course, at the end of the fourth year, offers students a chance to think, talk, read, write about what it means to be a doctor, and also what it means to be a patient. From the impulse to serve and attend the suffering, the tug of stories, and the hopes and cries of patients to the more mundane matters of making house calls and being on call, the many calls of medicine afford opportunities to examine what's at stake in illness and doctoring. The course uses the humanities—the pursuits of literature, the arts, history, religious and spiritual studies, philosophy, anthropology—to frame and facilitate students' reflective engagement with the experiences of illness and doctoring and the ethics and values of professional life.
Learning objectives: During this elective students will:
Class sessions will address a range of topics, including the physician's call to service and covenant with society, patients' experiences of illness and disability, physicians' responses to suffering and spiritual/moral distress, medicine as a profession and a way of life, practicing medicine ethically and with cultural and narrative humility, physician self-awareness and wellness, caring for patients at the end of life, and finding and making meaning in a life of doctoring. Topics will be approached using narrative, literary, historical, ethical, philosophical, spiritual, and arts perspectives.
This course is a series of 12 seminars plus time outside class for independent study/research. Students will complete regular reading and writing assignments and experiential learning activities, and will also prepare projects for presentation to the class. Class sessions will be taught by interdisciplinary teams of faculty and will require a high level of student engagement and participation, with discussion of assigned materials, exploration of students' responses and experiences, and active learning exercises.
This description is a general overview. The schedule and particular requirements for the course will be established by the instructor(s) at the time of the course.