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Electives - Humanities and Ethics in Medicine
Independent Research in Humanities/Arts
Elective Number: 3509 (arranged)
Course Supervisor/Coordinator: Dr. Marcia Childress, 5361 Barringer, 434.924.5974,firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisite: Several months in advance of starting a project, students interested in independent research must meet with Dr. Childress to discuss their project concept, objectives, possible mentor(s), resource needs, and timetable. At least one month in advance of beginning the rotation, students must obtain Dr. Childress's approval of a brief, written project proposal (and, if appropriate, a preliminary bibliography); the approved proposal is also sent to the Electives Director. Students who do their research in another country must complete the university's International requirements (ISO application, on-line tracking, appointment with Student Health, etc.). Students whose research will involve human subjects should discuss this with Dr. Childress; they will be responsible for securing appropriate institutional review board approval prior to beginning their studies.
Duration: Maximum 8 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks
Available: Rotations 1-9 & 12-14 (NOT available R10, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break or Rotation 11a)
Report to: TBA
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: TBA
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: open
Course Description: This elective opportunity allows students to pursue focused, in-depth humanities-based research or undertake substantial creative writing or arts projects that explore the human dimensions of illness and health, the process of becoming a doctor, or connections between the humanities/ arts and medicine. Projects usually involve some scholarly background preparation to situate the student's work within a discipline and tradition. Projects often model for students a way to integrate a vocational interests in the humanities and arts into a busy practice life.
Learning objectives: Students will be able to:
Research may be arranged in a variety of areas. In recent years, students have undertaken projects in humanities or arts scholarship (history, music, literature, anthropology, art history, gender studies, cross-cultural studies); writing (original poetry or short fiction, drama, memoir and analytical expository writing); visual and fine arts (printmaking, drawing, photography); other fine or performing arts (music composition and performance); design/preparation of educational materials; and qualitative research on aspects of medicine, medical practice and medical education.
Students work under the supervision of one or more faculty mentors from appropriate humanities, arts and medical disciplines within the university or community. Each student completes a major project and, when possible, presents the findings or created work to faculty or other. Student maintain a journal throughout the rotation. Students also attend Medical Center Hour.
This description is a general overview. The supervisor(s) will establish the schedule and particular requirements at the time the student's project proposal is approved.