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To consider diverse perspectives on medicine and to help students reflect upon and articulate their own roles in the medical profession.

We offered the course in a two-week and a four-week block. The students met for three hours daily, read and discussed a variety of texts and genres, viewed several films, and wrote reflective essays about their own developing Doctor-Patient relationships. The student responses to the course were powerful and positive.

I loved the course. Mark is an amazing professor, facilitator and humanist. He worked well with our crazy schedules and even brought us over to his home. He was always very prepared, and knowledgeable about the literature and author. At the same time was very inquisitive about who we were and always went further in relating the text to our point of view of medicine and to our own lives. He made us feel at ease to discuss the pieces and often astounded us with his point of view. It was simply a joy to attend the course.

I absolutely loved the course. Everything about the month, for me, was perfect. It was such a great break, and breath of fresh air, from my medical education up to that point, yet incredibly relevant, personally and professionally. The literature and film covered was compelling, interesting and thought provoking. The discussions and required writing was even more so. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss, contemplate, explore and synthesize experiences as a student, doctor and patient, as well as relationships among them, as well as my relationship with self.

This year we introduced a new version of this elective focused on reflective writing about the doctor/patient relationship taught by Susan Sample. She used fine writing, much of it by doctors as prompts to get students to begin writing in the genre of poetry, personal essay and memoir about their experiences. They responded with insightful and often very creative written work that expressed powerful emotions, both positive and negative, that attended their evolution from undergraduate to medical student to doctor. One piece was so moving it was read at graduation.

Writing is a powerful way to take the experience one has had and make them more meaningful.

This course made me want to write more. It made me want to remember the details of my patient interactions. I am also more aware of how words are used and some of the deficiencies of the way I say things. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

I feel my creativity,

self-awareness has increased. Not but through prompts for introspections

so much through imaginations and time to just write and think.


MASTERS IN CLINICAL INVESTIGATION PROGRAM: A small group of physicians and fellows participate in this NIH supported program. It is designed to prepare them for careers in clinical investigation. Howard Mann teaches classes focused on Research Ethics, Clinical Trials, and the Institutional Review Board. Jeff Botkin emphasizes ethical issues in genetic research.

CLINICAL CONSULTATION: Division members have been involved in numerous bedside consultations with patients, family and clinicians. We also participate with and assist the ethics committees in Salt Lake City Hospitals with clinical consultation. Division Members fielded phone calls from residents, nurses, physicians, and patients and families requesting advice and information. We make our extensive collection of articles and books available to these callers as well.


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