Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 471–476

Teaching with Comics: A Course for Fourth-Year Medical Students


DOI: 10.1007/s10912-013-9245-5

Cite this article as:
Green, M.J. J Med Humanit (2013) 34: 471. doi:10.1007/s10912-013-9245-5


Though graphic narratives (or comics) now permeate popular culture, address every conceivable topic including illness and dying, and are used in educational settings from grade school through university, they have not typically been integrated into the medical school curriculum. This paper describes a popular and innovative course on comics and medicine for 4th-year medical students. In this course, students learn to critically read book length comics as well as create their own stories using the comics format. The rationale for the course, its general content and format, and methods for teaching are described. Finally, the author offers some reflections on why this medium resonates so powerfully with medical student learners.


Medical education Comics Graphic narratives Narrative medicine Humanities 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Humanities and MedicinePenn State College of MedicineHersheyUSA

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