Research Opportunities

699E Research Elective in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences(2003-current)
Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.

Course Description:
Medical Humanities encompass a broad range of subjects and activities, including history, anthropology, and literature.  This elective provides an opportunity for students to explore and engage in analysis of various clinical issues in medicine through the development of a specific medical humanities-based project related to the art of medicine.

Course Objectives:  At the end of this rotation the student will:

  • Participate in a meaningful way in the implementation and completion of a humanities creative project/research project related to the art of medicine
  • Understand and be able to state the intellectual basis for developing this humanities project as an aspect of medical education
  • Complete a written document describing the goals and outcomes of the project
  • Identify an appropriate mentor, and expert on the topic of choice, who can evaluate and guide the student’s work




Nazin Sedehi – Poetry in the Emergency Room



Josh Levy – The Family Practice Physician’s Role in Stemming the Television Epidemic



Ben Nguyen – Medical Student Mask-Making: Identities and Stressors

Laura Mourafetis – Procedure Guide: Selected Surgical Techniques from the 14th and 16th Centuries

Neema Pithia, – The Vital Importance of Diversity Education within the Medical School Curriculum             



Janet Solis – Non-Dietary Approaches to Health and Wellness: Intuitive Eating and Healthy at Every Size

Neha Mitragotri – Pet Therapy in the Specialty of Pediatrics

Sarah Abedi – The Role of Film in Medicine

Srikanth Krishnan – The State of Empathy in Medicine and Medical Education                      



Lorianne BurnsExploring Medical Student Poetry



Idris LepplaPsychiatry before Antipsychotics: Representations in Literature

Sharwin Tafazoli – Burnout and the Needs of Medical Students

Laura Doan  – Changes in Medical Care Then to Now: Exploring the Life Story Narratives of Patients 65 and Older



David ChengA Qualitative Investigation on Chronic Pain in a Geriatric Population

Nina Narasimhalu – Superimposing Shakespeare on Modern Medicine: How Physicians Continually Find Meaning and Inspiration in Their Work

Michelle Meshman – Homeless, Obese, Diabetic and Noncompliant: Ethical Issues in Dialysis



Matt Fradkin – The Melodies of the Maladies

Emily Hersh-Burdwick – Motivational Interviewing for Latino Patients with Diabetes



Jennifer Alloo –Narrative Medicine: A Medical Student’s Experiment in Becoming a Reflective Doctor

Lauren Ross – Value, Dysmenorrhea and the Definition of Disease

Marco Angulo – Diversity in Medicine: Lost Talent? MCAT and GPA Thresholds for Prediction of Medical School Success

Jonathan Kirsten – Success, Suffering, and Stigma within the ‘Model Minority:’ An Analysis of Mental Health Disparities among Asian American University Students

Christina Hamilton – The Tree of Medicine: Tibetan Health Beliefs and Practices

Kristina Coale – Stories of Pediatric Palliative Care

Warren Davis – Clinical Empathy



Katherine Homann – How Technology Will Reshape the Future of Emergency Medicine

Beverly Cho – Medical Readers Theater: An Innovative Method for Educating Medical Students about Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Healthcare

John Rose – Health Disparities in the OR

Christina Umber – Emotional Coping Skills of Medical Students – Taught or Adopted?

Renzo Cardena – Essentials of Public Health: A Guidebook

Esmeralda Moran – The Effects of Becoming a Patient-Educator (Promatora) on the Patient-Educator



Gunjan Patanguy – Educational/health programs serving HIV+ patients in India

Bryan Ellerson – Divergent Assumptions Underlying Healthcare Models: A Cross-Cultural Comparison



Eva Boyd – Medical Students and International Volunteering: What We Can Give and What We Can Take Away



Akta Patel – Grey’s Anatomy:  Dissecting the Popular Medical Drama

Carl Smith – Curanderismo in the U.S.

Darren Raphael – Hispanic Health and Health Care Access Disparities: A Photographic Journey

Cristian Jivcu – Trained Incapacity and Occupational Psychosis in the Medical Profession; Smallpox and the Great Influenza of 1919

Polly Sacks – Personal and Professional Reflections on Hurricane Katrina

Jade Jeng – An Illustrated Story of Space Travel  to Address Anxiety and Panic in Pediatric Patients Undergoing MRI Evaluation



Sayeh Beheshti – Personal and Societal Views of Illness Described in Selected 19th and 20th Century Fiction

Brenda Jensen – Effects and Coping Styles of Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

Cyrus Khaledy – Analysis of Children’s Drawing for a Possible Early Marker of Abuse

Gail Ryan – A Doctor’s Diary: A Comic Strip Approach to Death and Dying



Amir Bernaba – How Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Reinforce and Challenge Societal Paradigms of Loss and Restitution in Relation to Illness, Abuse, and Medical Intervention

Elena Ruiz – Quinceanera: Exploration of Physician Emotional Caring and Connection with Pediatric Patients

Polly Niravath – Clinical Distance vs. Emotional Involvement: A Closer Look at the Oncologist’s Role in Patient Care



Grainne McEvoy – Medicine and the Poetry of Edward Taylor