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Department: MEPHR-Pharmacology
Course: 430-Poetry in Medicine
Track:

Course Director: William E. Fann, M.D.
Course Faculty: William E. Fann, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 1,2,3,4,5
Months:
Min. Number of Students:10  Max: 15
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Pre-requisites:
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): Wednesday 12 noon - 1 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
    Laboratory
  Didactic:
  Other:
Statement of Goals:
This course provides students with a structured forum in which to discuss poems and narratives, explore how these art forms can better inform to their medical career, and critically think and discuss how to take the lessons from art and apply them to their daily practices. Discussion of poems and how the themes within the poetry can relate to the study of medicine, how the poetry can enlighten one’s engagement as a practicing physician, and how the poetry can aid one when working through psychologically/emotionally intense feelings that come with facing certain painful human experiences (i.e. human suffering, death, disease, etc.) First Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 5 from Noon-1 p.m.; Location: N501; Additional Meeting Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7
Learning Activities
1.Develop capacities for empathy and compassion through interpretive poetry. 2.Utilize theoretical approaches in literary interpretation to improve clinical and patient care skills. 3.Analyze works of literature in one or more interpretive contexts or frameworks and how it relates to medicine. 4.Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with faculty and colleagues and promote the learning of peers through interpretive poetry. 5. Show attendance and participation in discussion about interpretive poetry in a manner that both support and encourages group function and collaboration.
Evaluation Methods
Attendance - 100%
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 5 from Noon-1 p.m.; Location: N501; Additional Meeting Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Dr. William Fann
Contact Phone: 713-798-7919
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: M Station 319D- Jewish Wing
Address:
Email: fann@bcm.tmc.edu

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