2nd year Medical: ELEC 5038
4th year Medical: INTD 7007
This elective is for second- and fourth-year medical students. In this course we will read personal essays and poems written by health care providers at all stages of their careers, as well as writings by patients. In addition, we will read selections from Dr. Louise Aronson’s just-published collection of short stories. Our primary text, PULSE: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, The First Year, is a collection taken from this popular e-zine which began publishing the works of medical students and doctors as well as other health care professionals in 2008 and has become a respected creative outlet in the medical humanities. (www.pulsemagazine.org
While some of these pieces address medical or ethical issues, the primary purpose of the course is not to enhance your store of knowledge in these areas but to encourage your appreciation of these works through discussions with other students on Blackboard and in class. You will also use the reading assignments to inspire your own writing. There will be six class meetings, or BLOCKS. Your own contributions to the course---not just the insights you’ve gained as medical students but the wisdom you bring to the class as human beings--will be critical to its success.
To appreciate literature through close reading
To prepare for and process clinical experiences by relating them to reading assignments
To engage in thoughtful and serious discussions with peers
Month class sessions