film graphicAll UTHealth students are invited to an educational monthly movie night sponsored by the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.

Led by first-year medical students Matthew Marget, Alex Aria, and Drew Bean, with guidance from postdoctoral fellow Dr. Woods Nash, Monthly Movie Night started in November 2014 and offers a variety of creative, thought-provoking films. Some contain medical themes, but many do not.

Free pizza is served, and a discussion follows each film. Those discussions encourage students to attend more closely to narrative features of cinema—such as mood, perspective, and characterization—that might strengthen their clinical skills, such as their ability to interview patients carefully.

“I’m always fascinated by the different perspectives and insights expressed in our post-film discussions. Whether it’s a film-centric discussion about the cinematography of Birdman, or an evaluation of the student-teacher relationship in Whiplash, Monthly Movie Night is a great way to create dialogue in our community,” Bean said.

The next Movie Night will feature Her (2013) and is scheduled for 6 p.m., April 15, in Medical School room 2.006. If you plan to attend, please RSVP through this event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/540869352720737/

By including students from across the UTHealth campus, Monthly Movie Night aims to promote interprofessional dialogue among other goals. “Through Monthly Movie Night, we hope to raise interest in film in the UTH community, provide a unique social experience that is open to all, and offer a forum for exploring how films both entertain us and allow us to gain greater insight into our humanity,” Aria said.