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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 550-Short Stories About Doctors and Patients

Course Coordinator: Dr. David Ness
Course Faculty: Dr. David Ness
Elective Location:
Periods Elective offered: Block: 4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 25
Course Level: Pre-Clinical Block Elective
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 12:00 - 1:15 Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Students should learn how to identify several key literary aspects of the short stories that are read, including narrative voice, point of view, and development of character. Students should gain insight into the psychology of the main characters and relate these insights to some of their own experiences as doctors or patients. Students should gain an appreciation of how such literary elements as narrative voice and point of view set the frame for the interactions among the story's characters. Then, they should be able to use this background to appreciate how similar elements shape our own encounters with patients.
Learning Activities
The course will be comprised of eight 75-minute sessions, each one being a group discussion about a short story that the students will read in advance. Faculty will lead a brief discussion first about several literary aspects of the session's story, including narrative voice, point of view, and development of character. This will ground our subsequent discussion of the pyschology and interaction of the charaters. then, the discussion will lead to how such understandings might inform our work as physicians. Ath the end of each sessions, the next story will be introduced.
Evaluation Methods
Meetings will held every other week during blocks 4 and 5., In addition to the sessions, students will need to invest one or two hours for each reading. The course is Pass/Fail.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: David Ness, MD
Contact Phone: (412) 877-5102
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: Menniger Clinic, 12301 Main St., Houston, Tx. 77035
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