McGovern Center electives and programs featured in Year in Review

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
August 1, 2019

McGovern Medical School’s annual Year in Review, At the Epicenter of Trauma, features several offerings of the McGovern Center.

“Medical Education: Beyond the Classroom” shares about innovative approaches in learning environments.  One such example is Deconstructing Dementia: Mitigating Memory Loss with Art, a blue book elective sponsored by the McGovern Center under the leadership and development of fourth-year medical student, Brina Bui; Bui is also a member of the Center’s Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration.  The elective brought together students with elderly members of Sheltering Arms Senior Services to participate in art projects and, as part of the final session, share an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Humanities in Film, another student-led blue book sponsored by the Center was also featured.  During the series, students watch a film related to the humanities and medicine and engage in interprofessional discussion about ethical issues, patient perspectives, and more.  Yet another blue book elective featured is Gun Violence and Physicians: What You Need to Know.  The course was developed by third-year students Marina Ibraheim and Michael Bagg in collaboration with faculty Sandy McKay, MD (Pediatrics) and Rebecca Lunstroth, JD.  Each session focuses on sharing knowledge about gun violence prevention and the role of physicians in a nonpartisan atmosphere.

Finally, the Community Action Poverty Simulation, an innovative approach to teaching about poverty and its effects on health was highlighted.  Rebecca Lunstroth, JD, adapted the simulation for integration in the medical school curriculum as a three-day session to help students learn how to empathize with noncompliant patients.  As part of the simulation, students are assigned a role in one of 17 families living in poverty and tasked with procuring basic necessities.  UTHealth faculty and staff also participate in roles as the community resources the students use to help fulfill these needs.