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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Literature and Medicine
Elective Number: (Oasis E18c) 3503 (lottery)
Course Supervisor: Dr. Marcia Day Childress
Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, 434.924.5974; email@example.com
Available: Rotation 11
Report to: TBA
Time to Report: 9:00 am
Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Office, Barringer 5
Typical Day: 9:00 - 11:30 am or 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12
Course Description: Medicine is steeped in stories. Accomplished physicians are accomplished "readers" of patients and the stories they tell; most doctors are also accomplished storytellers in their own right. But what does medicine mean as a narratively based enterprise? This course introduces a range of literary works in an effort to help learners and helps participants cultivate "narrative competence," especially close-reading skills that should help them be more attentive to and better interpreters of others' narratives and also their own.
Learning objectives: Participants in this course will be able to:
Understand connections between narrative (storytelling), literature, and medicine
A series of twelve seminars of two to three hours each, this class involves generous time for discussion of readings and students' own experiences. Participants write regularly. Texts include short stories, novels, graphic narratives, creative nonfiction, plays, poems, essays, memoirs, and films. Seminars explore patients’ and family caregivers' narratives about illness and doctors’ stories about their work; patient/physician relationships; the physician as moral agent; the place of the doctor in society; and doctors' duties to hear and to heal. Each student prepares a final project for presentation to the class. Participants also attend Medical Center Hour.
This description is a general overview. The instructor will establish
the schedule and particular requirements at the time of the course.