Professional Development 3

Advanced Seminars in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional Development 3 (PD3) seminars engage third-semester medical students with scholarship on health, illness, and medical care in a variety of fields, including anthropology, bioethics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, public health, science & technology studies, and sociology. Students choose a seminar from a wide range of subjects (see current offerings below).  The seminars meet weekly throughout the 3rd semester. They are generally taught by faculty from the Department of Social Medicine, though faculty from the School of Law co-teach one PD3 seminar.

These seminars build on material introduced in the first-year survey course Professional Development 1/2. In PD3, students immerse themselves in scholarship on a topic of interest. The seminars vary widely in content, encompassing everything from bioethics, health and human rights, and doctor-patient communication to global health, health disparities, and the evolution and production of knowledge about disease. All seminars share objectives, goals, requirements, and competencies common to the PD3 course. Students refine skills of critical thinking in presentations, seminar discussions, and research and writing assignments.

Jon Oberlander is lead Course Director for Professional Development 3. Sue Estroff is PD co-Course Director.

2016 PD3 Advanced Seminars in the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Death and Dying in America
    Mara Buchbinder, PhD
  • What’s Wrong with Our Mice?  How Social Forces Shape the Facts of Biomedical Science
    Barry Saunders, MD, PhD
  • Concepts of Health and Disease: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
    Eric Juengst, PhD
  • Writing Narrative Medicine
    Terry Holt, MD, MFA, PhD
  • Unfinished Journey: The American Struggle for Health Care Reform
    Jon Oberlander, PhD
  • The Ethics and Politics of Clinical Research
    Gail Henderson, PhD
  • Health and Human Rights
    Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH
  • Pharmaceuticals, Politics, & Culture
    Jill Fisher, PhD
  • The Revenge of the Sick: History of Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View
    Raul Necochea, PhD
  • History and Ethics of Human and Animal Experimentation
    Rebecca Walker, PhD
  • Exploring the ‘Other Side’: Experiences of Deviance, Disability and Chronic Illness
    Sue Estroff, PhD
  • Global Health and Medical Ethics
    Stuart Rennie, PhD, MA