We All Have Our Stories: Literature and Medicine

Prerequisites: Students should have completed Essentials 2 prior to enrolling in the course and completed the PCE.
Offered: November
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Stories are the heart of medicine. In this course we will read, hear, watch, and write stories that can help us make sense of the experiences we confront as healers: pain, loss, fear, alienation, compassion, wonder, and transformation. Through selected short stories, poems, podcasts, essays, and other narratives, as well as through our own writing, we will reflect on the power of narrative to enlarge our empathy and sense of identity, foster connection and communication, and fortify our competence as guardians of our patients’ and each other’s stories. Authors will include short works by “classic” authors such as Kafka, Wharton, and Tolstoy as well as contemporary voices such as Roxane Gay, Ken Liu, and Nancy Mairs.
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory: Passable essays and class participation
Unsatisfactory: Fails to hand in assignments or come to class