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Medicine through Literature, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
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. 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 Canvas 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. Elective only. 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.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

West South Central

University or College

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Funding Status


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)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

21672; 38854

Course Title

Medicine through Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics; Professor of Medicine

Academic Year(s) Active

2020/21, 2021/22; it is likely that this course began in 2007, but past catalogs don't list it as an offering.

Course Enrolment

24 (4 second-year and 20 fourth-year students)

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