Medicine in Contemporary Society II (MCS 2) Core Curriculum
Areas of Focus
It is through the humanities that health professionals are sensitized to the patient as a person coping with illness against the background of a healthcare system that can often be de-humanizing. It is through the writing of novels, short stories and poems that professionals and those coping with illness can express their insights and experiences. MCS 2 gives students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of ethical, social, cultural, and humanistic issues in medicine in a manner reflective of their own career choices and particular interests. MCS 2 focuses on mastery of knowledge and attitudes related especially to the following core competencies: professionalism and ethics, communication, self-awareness, social context of medical care, and health care systems.
The art of healing requires compassion and emotional intelligence on the part of clinicians, yet many patients and their families do not experience care in this basic sense. As the connection between healing and emotions becomes better understood scientifically, we need to renew a commitment to compassionate care that is grounded in leading edge research, scholarship, and educational efforts.
Bioethics is the systematic study of the moral dimensions – including moral vision, decisions, conduct, and policies – of the life sciences and health care, employing a variety of ethical methodologies in an interdisciplinary setting. From the beginning to the end of life, biotechnologies and healthcare raise every conceivable question about human dignity and the very future of human nature itself.
Core Units Offered
|9/3||What is the Illness experience||Dr. Vetrano & Dr. Paul Levin||Medical Humanities|
|9/10||Medicine as a Profession||Dr. Jack Coulehan||Medical Humanities|
|9/17||Facing Mortality- Spirituality and Health||Dr. Vetrano||Medical Humanities|
|10/15||Health Care Inequalities / Disparities||Dr. Phyllis Migdal||Medical Humanities|
|10/29||Physician Empathy and Clinical Outcomes||Dr. Stephen Post||Compassionate Care|
|11/12||Autonomy: Respecting the Patient's Self-Determination||Dr. Vetrano||Compassionate Care|
|12/10||Pain/Ethics/Substance Abuse||Dr. Zacharoff||Compassionate Care|
|12/17||Palliative Medicine||Dr. Rina Meyer||Compassionate Care|
|1/7||Professionalism and Clinical Outcomes||Dr. Peter Viccellio||Bioethics: Ethical Standards in the Clinical Setting|
|2/11||Directives and Decisions||Dr. Vetrano||Bioethics: Ethical Standards in the Clinical Setting|
|3/17||Professional Duties||Dr. Agris & Dr. Coulehan||Bioethics: Ethical Standards in the Clinical Setting|
|3/24||Storytelling: Reflections at the Heart of Medicine||Dr. Coulehan||Bioethics: Ethical Standards in the Clinical Setting|
|4/7||TBA- Domestic Violence||Social Issues|
|4/28||Respect for Human Subjects||Dr. Post||Social Issues|
|5/5||TBA- Dementia||Dr. Snow||Social Issues|
|5/12||Medical Finance||Dr. Pasternak||Social Issues|