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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine

Interprofessional Seminars in Ethical Values and Professional Life

Elective Number: 3518 (arranged)

Course Supervisor: Dr. Marcia Day Childress

Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, (434) 924-5974, woolf@virginia.edu

Duration: 5 evenings = 1 elective credit

Available: 5 evenings over the academic year, TBA by each seminar instructor (September - April) - This elective may be taken concurrently with other electives.

Time to Report: TBA

Place to Report: TBA

Typical day: TBA (2.5 hr. sessions)

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

 Number of students per rotation: 6 per seminar group, number of groups/sections to be determined each year by Dr. Childress.

Course Description: Organized around readings from literature (novels, plays, creative nonfiction, or film), this seminar enrolling students from different professional or graduate schools examines issues of common concern to the professional in practice, whether doctor, lawyer, scholar/professor, architect/planner or executive. Readings serve as springboards to rigorous group discussion and also to students' reflective consideration of their own professional education, formation, and anticipated life in practice.

Learning objectives: Participants will be able to:

• Critically read and analyze works of literature and other art forms for their content and relevance to ethical values and professional-life choices
• Engage in cross-disciplinary and interprofessional conversation about issues of common concern in the preparation and practice of professionals
• Reflect on their own professional formation, education and ethical values
• Critically examine different professions' systems of education/training, particular cultures and customary practices
• Exercise and refine perspective-taking skills in responding both to texts and to classmates' experiences

Each seminar section enrolls 12 students from at least two of UVA's professional schools or doctoral programs—medicine, law, graduate humanities, graduate nursing, graduate architecture, and graduate business. Seminars are team-taught by faculty who represent different professional preparations and/or schools. Seminars meet five times over the academic year, usually in the evenings and often in professors's homes.

This description is a general overview. The instructors will establish the schedule and particular requirements at the time the course is offered.