Narratives of Medicine, Health, and Healing


Amilcar Castellano Sanchez


SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Course Description

This course aims to bring forth the unbreakable, yet not well-valued and sparsely characterized connection between the worlds of literature (narrative, poetry, short stories, memoirs, interviews, and film adaptations) and that of medical ailments and medical practice through the reading and interpretation of different literary media coupled with an active training and participation in adding well-researched content to Wikipedia in topics of their choice.

Students will learn to:

  • Identify the role of medical literature dealing with certain diseases, recovery or complications in different medical scenarios through human history and diverse cultures by analyzing texts.
  • Analyze and interpret global and intercultural issues.
  • Explain and link scientific and practical means of the times with their theoretical and cultural background using different forms of literature in non-scientific formats linking the concepts of health, disease, recovery, convalescence and health-care through human kind.
  • Critically read and interpret non peer-reviewed material in the topics of medicine, health and healing.
  • Develop their interest and skills in communication, research, analysis, synthesis and organization of reflective and descriptive texts.
  • Be able to apply their knowledge from previous and current courses to construct reflective and objective comments based on given problems that call for scientific reasoning
  • Have developed skills to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary manner.
  • Develop an awareness of humanistic and distinct set of professional skills required for success as a medical student and emerging doctor.