MD Program

Contact the Writing and Humanities Program

1193 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-8058
Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • Electives

    Please address questions to Jason T. Lewis, 319-335-8051, 1193 MERF

    The Observer Speaks: Medicine, Literature, & Writing – 050:280

    Open to M4s

    Co-directors

    Jason T. Lewis, Director, Writing and Humanities Program;
    Clinician TBA
    4 elective credits, P/F

    Schedule for 2011-2012

    The course is next offered during the four week block beginning Monday, March 26, 2012.

    Description

    With residency applications completed or a match in your hand, this course offers you a chance to devote four weeks to reading, discussing, and writing in response to literature, essays, and poetry. Reading selections include work by Abraham Verghese, Flannery O’Connor, Jose Saramago, and Anton Chekhov. You will read approximately 400 pages and write one assignment each week. You will be responsible for active participation in our weekly discussions of assigned readings and the writing of your classroom peers.

    Come discuss literature from clinical and creative perspectives and experience the workshop method of presenting your own writing for peer review.

    To register

    Contact marcia-hopp@uiowa.edu.

    The Examined Life: Writing and Medicine – 050:185

    Intended for M1s/M2s, open to all.

    Director

    Jason T. Lewis, Director, Writing and Humanities Program;
    1 elective credit, P/F

    Schedule for Fall 2011

    This class meets Wednesdays from 5pm-6:30pm in 1185 MERF beginning Wednesday 1/11/12. To register, come to the first class.

    Description 

    The goals of the course are:

    • to consider medicine and medical training through the perspective of literary works
    • to improve and expand ability to communicate through reflective or creative writing
    • to hone ability to review the reflective or creative writing of others

    The requirements for credit for taking the course are:

    • to attend class, missing no more than two sessions
    • to complete weekly reading and writing assignments
    • to review and comment on classmates’ writing
    • to turn in a portfolio of revised writing assignments at the class’s completion

    The course may include guest lecturers and literary field trips.

    To register

    Contact Jason T. Lewis.