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

Abstract

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.

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Green, M.J. Teaching with Comics: A Course for Fourth-Year Medical Students. J Med Humanit 34, 471–476 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-013-9245-5

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Keywords

  • Medical education
  • Comics
  • Graphic narratives
  • Narrative medicine
  • Humanities