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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 428-Compassion and the Art of Medicine

Course Director: Dr. Kenya Steele
Course Faculty: Dr. Kenya Steele
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms: 1,2
Min. Number of Students:20  Max: 
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 0.5
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Fridays, 12-2 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
  Didactic: 100
Statement of Goals:
Compassion and the Art of Medicine uses patients’ stories, physicians’ experiences, and artistic expression to foster compassion in medical students. Self-reflection, self-care, balance, patient/ doctor communication and professionalism also are emphasized. Following presentations, students meet in peer-led small groups to further share and discuss ideas. The small groups session are led by second year medical students and often presenters rotate among groups to answer additional questions. The presentations are typically 1 hour with time for questions and answers. Term I 2016 Meeting Dates: Fridays - Aug. 12, 19; Sept. 9, 16; Oct. 7,14,21,28 Nov. 4, 11. Begins in Term I and ends in Term 2.
Learning Activities
Students will describe characteristics of a compassionate caregivers. Students will explain how medicine is both an art and a science. Students will give examples of creative and compassionate physician role models. Students will describe the patient's perspective on illness, suffering and healing. Students will discuss how the arts and humanities contribute to medical education. Students will be able to demonstrate self-care in their own lives including how to juggle family and personal needs. Students will list the ethical and emotional challenges in the healing professions.
Evaluation Methods
Compassion and the Art of Medicine is a pre-clinical elective and is pass/ fail. Passing is based on student attendance and active participation in small group discussion sessions.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Fridays 12-2 p.m.; Cullen Auditorium/Mcmillan
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Carolyn Olson
Contact Phone: 713-798-6590
Contact Fax: 832-787-1307
Contact Location:

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