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(Play)writing and Medicine, Brown University (Alpert)

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
Creating theater and practicing medicine are both deeply human endeavors. Both fields confront real bodies in a specific space and time; both fields transform partial narratives and dialogue into new, crafter narratives that inform, empower, and heal others. By bringing together two communities - Brown medical students and Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Actors - this course will explore how the tools of theater can make better doctors and how the skills and perspectives of medicine can make better artists. 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.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

New England

University or College

Brown University (Alpert)

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)


Course Title

(Play)writing and Medicine

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

MA English Literature

Position of Instructor(s)

Adjunct in Theatre and Performance Studies and Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow

Academic Year(s) Active


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