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
|9/11||What is the Illness experience||Dr. Vetrano &Dr. Paul Levin||Medical Humanities and the Experience of Illness|
|9/18||Maintaining the Doctor Patient Relationship: Boundaries without Barriers||Dr. Vetrano||Medical Humanities and the Experience of Illness|
|9/25||When Doctors Become Patients: Illness Experience and the Wounded Healer||Dr. Robert Klitzman||Medical Humanities and the Experience of Illness|
|10/2||The Face of Injustice: Physicians as Defender of Patient Rights||Dr. Snow||Medical Humanities and the Experience of Illness|
|10/23||The Ethics of Practicing on Patients||Dr. Vetrano||Medical Humanities and the Experience of Illness|
|10/30||Care of the Self in Caring for the Patient: The Needlestick||Dr. Vetrano & Dr. Keirns||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|11/6||Hospice Networks||Kathy Van Steen / Dr. Philips||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|11/13||The Imaging Program :: Rich Guidotti||Rich Guidotti||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|12/4||The Ethics of Hope Lessons in hope from the Brooke Ellison Story||Dr. Brooke Ellison & Dr. Stephen Post||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|12/11||Professionalism and Imperfection in Medicine: Coping with Error & Adverse Outcomes||Danielle Offri||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|12/18||The Physician as a Global Health Advocate||Dr. Vetrano||Compassionate Care in the Practice of Medicine|
|1/8||Professional Integrity in Research and Practice||Dr. Viccellio||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|1/15||Personal Conscience and Respect for Autonomy||Drs. Griffin, Vetrano & Conway||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|1/22||TBD||TBD||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|2/5||Transplant and Organ Donation||Dr. Flescher||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|2/19||Health Care Reform and the Struggle for Justice (in an unjust world)||Dr. Chaudhry||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|2/26||Conflicts of Interest in research and authorship||Dr. McCrary||Bioethics and Professionalism|
|3/5||Resilience and Responsibility: Role Models Good and Bad||Dr. Post||Bioethics and Professionalism|