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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
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 Course Theme
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

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