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Medicine in Contemporary Society II (MCS 2) Core Curriculum

Areas of Focus

Medical Humanities
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.

Compassionate Care
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 
Date Topic Faculty Divisions
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

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