Narrative-based Healthcare

BMS 8002

This is a graduate level seminar for students pursuing the Masters in Biomedical Sciences degree. The goal of most of these students is matriculation into medical school.

Full realization of narrative-based healthcare crosses the disciplines of medicine and the humanities to include issues of bioethics, cultural competency, spirituality, and social determinants of health. To better understand the doctor-patient relationship, each student writes a journal of someone they have known with illness.  Writing is a crucial component of the class as each student writes two papers in addition to their journal. Selected videos will be used to portray the strengths and weaknesses of the doctor-patient relationship.  Role play exercises allow the students to experience the perspective of both provider and patient. 

For further in-depth study of the provider-patient relationship, graduate students will be assigned to attend real-time sessions in the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA). In these sessions, the students will observe medical students and residents during interactions with standardized patients. They will then complete analysis of these interactions and develop presentations to their peer students. In addition, they will utilize persons they have known with illness as a patient to explore and better understand how social determinants of health impact the health of the individual patient. To understand multidisciplinary care, we will reach beyond the doctor-patient relationship to a broad range of care providers including nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and therapists, among others.