The Resident as Teacher of Medical Humanities

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Context and setting In 1999-2000, two members of faculty decided to offer a course on literature and medicine to preclinical students at a major public medical school in southern California. A third-year family medicine resident suggested using her elective time to participate as a co-instructor. The result was a spontaneous n = 1 ‘experiment’ in utilizing a resident as teacher of medical humanities.

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