Lightning Talks 3
2 - Comics in the Medical School Classroom: Health Literacy, Empathy, and Reflective Practice
Monday, May 21
1:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Room: Hyatt Regency Atlanta , Embassy E (International Tower, Exhibit Level)
Collection Outreach Librarian
Harvard Medical School, Franicis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Len Levin, AHIP
Associate Director, Collections & Knowledge Management
Franicis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Objectives: Graphic Medicine denotes "the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare." In 2017, we launched a week-long, intensive course on graphic medicine and health literacy for 3rd year medical students. The course covers the history of comics in medicine, health literacy, and the role of storytelling in medicine.
Methods: The course focuses on the following learning objectives: ability to describe the comics medium and how it might bridge communication gaps, ability to define challenges in health literacy, and discuss the role that comics can play in building empathy. The course combines lecture, book discussions, and hands-on creative activity to achieve these learning objectives. Lecture portions of the course are kept to a minimum, but are deemed necessary to provide the historical and theoretical overview of graphic medicine and health literacy. Book discussions center on three, carefully chosen medical comics, each designed for a different purpose (memoir, fictional, informational) and explore how each comic might be integrated into practice. Hands-on activities center on exploring the arts in expressing medical experience and culminate in each student creating a comic.
Keywords: Graphic Medicine; Health Literacy; Empathy; Reflective Practice