Humanities & Social Sciences Seminars

HSS seminars engage second-year medical students with scholarship on health, illness, and medical care in one or more of a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, public health, and sociology. Seminars meet weekly for one semester (13 sessions of 2 hours each). They are taught by faculty members who are experts in fields listed above: most come from the Department of Social Medicine, but the HSS faculty often includes professors from other departments in the School of Medicine and other schools (such as the School of Law) in the University.

Seminars build on material introduced in the first-year survey course Medicine and Society. Students immerse themselves in scholarship on a topic of interest. The HSS seminars vary widely in content, encompassing everything from bioethics, health and human rights, and doctor-patient communication to global health and the evolution and production of knowledge about disease. Yet all seminars share objectives, goals, requirements, and competencies common to the HSS course. Students refine skills of critical thinking in seminar presentations and writing assignments.

HSS Seminar Offerings:

Fall 2012

Jonathan Oberander, PhD: Health Care Politics and the 2012 Elections
Sue E. Estroff, PhD: Exploring the ‘Other Side’: Experiences of Deviance, Disability and Chronic Illness
Raul Necochea, PhD: The Revenge of the Sick: History of Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View
Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH: Health and Human Rights: Selected Topics
Eric T. Juengst, PhD: Anticipating Personalized Genomic Medicine: Ethical Implications for Clinical Practice and Society
Mara Buchbinder, PhD: Doctor-Patient Communication
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health: Progress and Community Impart

Spring 2013

Barry F. Saunders, MD, PhD: The Undead: Bodies in Between
Rebecca Walker, PhD: Bioethics Methods, Concepts, and Cases
Gail Henderson, PhD: The Ethics and Politics of Clinical Research
George F. Sheldon, MD: History of Medicine in the United States – Through the Prism of Medical Education
Terry Holt, MD, PhD, MFA: The Stories We Live: The Parallel Chart Project
Stuart Rennie, PhD, MA: Global Health and Medical Ethics
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health: Progress and Community Impact

Faculty in Humanities & Social Sciences Seminars (2008-2013) »