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Elective Title: 93ZL720 — NARRATIVE MEDICINE


The course aims to create a learning climate conducive to motivating and inspiring fourth-year students to read specific pieces of literature and reflect on their meaning as it relates to them as physicians-in-training and to their patients -- past, present, and future. The course will be conducted as a graduate seminar with time for reading, writing, and reflection. This one-month elective will be offered yearly to MS IV students interested in an interdisciplinary-based approach to patient care, with focus on the humanities. Faculty from multiple disciplines, including Obstetrics-Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, Bioethics, Liberal Arts and The Regenstrief Institute will participate. Students will meet three days/week for one month.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Emily Beckman (embeckma@iupui.edu)

Director: Emily Beckman, D.M.H.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Ruth Lilly Medical Library (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Write reflections about their experience(s) as a medical student in the clinical arena (ISC5)
  • 2) Demonstrate effective critical reading skills (PBLI1)
  • 3) Demonstrate awareness of and empathy towards patients´┐Ż unfolding stories (P2)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (Students will be expected to write on a weekly basis, and submit writings for assessment. In addition, students will submit a final essay at the end of the month, which will be graded by the course director. Students are also evaluated on their participation in class discussion, preparedness and engagement with other students in class).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 24-36

Time Distribution: 25% Writing; 25% Research; 25% Class Discussion; 25% Self-Reflection

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Emily Beckman (embeckma@iupui.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None