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Medicine in Film & TV, Brown University (Alpert)

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
Do you love watching Scrubs or ER? Are you drawn to movies like Lorenzo’s Oil and Still Alice? Medicine is multidimensional. The films and television shows featured in this course provide ways for medical students to think and discuss the various visual narratives that involve the experiences of physicians, patients, and caretakers. In this preclinical elective, students will investigate themes including the following: relationships between patients and healthcare providers; illness as metaphor and reality; the experience of disease, death, dying, and healing; truth, reality, and misconceptions; and the humanistic and social aspects of medicine. This is the first time the elective is happening! Be part of a pilot course! This is a pre-clerkship elective open to first- and second-year medical students. It is designed, implemented and led by students along with a faculty advisor. This ½ credit elective is graded Satisfactory/No Credit. Although listed on the student's official transcript, it does not count toward fulfilling the requirements of the MD degree. The Clinical Arts and Humanities Program at Brown University (Alpert) also appears to offer relevant courses and seminars that use literature, but it is unclear whether all of these courses and seminars continue to run. For more information, see This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


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New England

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Brown University (Alpert)

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Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


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Medicine in Film & TV

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