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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Images of Medicine
Elective Number: (Oasis E18i) 3508
Course Supervisor: Dr. Marcia Childress
Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Day Childress, (434) 924-5974, firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Rotation 12a
Report to: TBA
Time to Report: 9:00 am
Place to Report: Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Office, Barringer 5
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12
Course Description: This course explores how images of medicine—in visual art, film, literature and popular culture—represent and reflect cultural assumptions, attitudes, meanings and values. Attention is given to attending to (seeing and listening), "reading," and interpreting a wide range of images that represent physicians, other caregivers, patients, illness experiences, the able and disabled body, caregiving, suffering, and death.
Learning objectives: Students will be able to:
• Refine and practice clinically useful skills in visual and aural
attention through observation/analysis of visual and other imagery
The course meets in eight seminars of at least two hours each and provides generous time for small-group discussion and activities. One course component is "Clinician's Eye," the visual observation workshop at UVA's Fralin Museum of Art. There is generous emphasis throughout the course not only on the study and interpretation of images created by others in various media but also on participants making their own images, including photographs, drawings, and maps. At the end of the course, participants prepare and present individual projects. Participants also attend Medical Center Hour.
This description is a general overview. The supervisor will establish
the schedule and particular requirements at the time the student's
project proposal is approved.